Just a few weeks ago our household kitchen conversation turned to the Seven Wonders of the World.
We quickly got bogged down on the original Seven vs. the ‘modern world’ Seven vs. the marketing world’s Seven. Not even my own family was buying the argument that Ouimet Canyon in Ontario is one of the Seven wonders of the Canadian world. Ingrates.
Of the original seven wonders only the pyramids are left, and they’re not the ones in Vegas either.
An article in the International Herald Tribune introduced me to the the Seven Wonders redux – or what I’ve decided should be called Seven Wonders 2.o
Today our world is so loaded with wonders that, uncomfortable with the gaping lacunas in Philon’s legacy, a Swiss-Canadian filmmaker, Bernard Weber, is conducting a popular vote on the Internet to update the list. He says his project is the world’s first global ballot on any subject….
Several blogs related to the contest are going strong with arguments over its merits and shortcomings. One suggested a rival competition, “The Seven Wonders of Ohio.”
Over at the Seven Wonders site (brace yourself for the less than wonderful Flash header):
The multimedia campaign to choose the New 7 Wonders of the World is in its final stage.
This is the biggest global vote ever to have taken place. Millions of people have already voted for their favorite “wonder.” Numerous milestones have already been reached on a journey across the Internet, television and the world’s media. This journey will reach its pinnacle on July 7, 2007 – 07.07.07, when the world will discover which monuments have been named as the New 7 Wonders of the World.
For the record, the original Seven Wonders are:
The Lighthouse at Alexandria
The Hanging Gardens of Babylon
The Colossus of Rhodes
The Statue of Zeus at Olympia
The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus
The Tomb of Mausolus at Halicarnassus
Ouimet Canyon in Ontario
The Great Pyramid of Cheops