The New 7 Wonders of the World: What we aren’t calling news these days…

 

People do all sorts of strange things when they think the ‘stars are/have/will align(ed).’ 07/07/07 –because it has to mean something – brings us the ‘New 7 Wonders of the World,’ an extravaganza designed by contemporary Swiss-Canadian explorer, Bernard Weber. According to The Economist, he “hopes it will put him on a par with Pierre de Coubertin, the Frenchman who revived the Olympics.” That’s a stretch, considering the only media outlet to really cover the story has been the one that made the aforementioned statement. The list: 

1.  Chichén Itzá, Mexico
2. 
Christ Redeemer, Brazil
3. 
The Great Wall, China
4. 
Machu Picchu, Peru
5. 
Petra, Jordan
6. 
The Roman Colloseum, Italy
7. 
The Taj Mahal, India 

I’ve only seen one in the flesh, and considering there’s a historical record of pretty much everything about it including the plans regarding its inception, I wasn’t left with much to ‘wonder’ about it. Incidentally, Egyptian authorities are relieved this morning, now that their pyramids, which are “living in the hearts of people around the globe, and don’t need a vote to be among the world wonders” avoided making the ‘nonsens[ical]’ list.

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