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SeeinRed
10-17-2006, 02:42 PM
Found this interesting story on Yahoo!: (http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20061017/od_nm/britain_stonehenge_dc)

Stonehenge makes list in new seven wonders vote Tue Oct 17, 8:34 AM ET



LONDON (Reuters) - Only one of the ancient wonders of the world still survives -- now history lovers are being invited to choose a new list of seven.

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Among 21 locations shortlisted for the worldwide vote is Stonehenge, the only British landmark selected.

The 5,000-year-old stones on Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire, will be up against sites including the Acropolis in Athens; the Statue of Liberty in New York; and the last remaining original wonder, the Pyramids of Giza in Cairo.

An original list of nearly 200 sites nominated by the public was narrowed to 21 by the organizers and experts, including the former director general of Unesco Professor Federico Mayor.

The vote is organized by a non-profit Swiss foundation called New7Wonders which specializes in the preservation, restoration and promotion of monuments, and the results will be announced on July 7, 2007, in Lisbon.

About 20 million votes have already been lodged, including many from India, for the Taj Mahal; China, for the Great Wall and from Peru for Machu Picchu, the fortress city of the Incas.

The other original seven wonders of the ancient world were the Hanging Gardens of Babylon; the Statue of Zeus at Olympia; the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus; the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus; the Colossus of Rhodes and the Lighthouse of Alexandria.

Tia Viering, spokeswoman for New7Wonders, said: "Apart from the Pyramids, the seven ancient wonders of the world no longer exist."

The only criteria for the new list is that the landmarks were built or discovered before 2000.

"People of England, it is now your turn to be heard," added Viering. Support Stonehenge to become one of the New Seven Wonders of the World."

Votes can be made online, at www.new7wonders.com.

The 21 finalists for the New Seven Wonders of the World, alphabetically:

1 Acropolis, Athens, Greece

2 Alhambra, Granada, Spain

3 Angkor Wat temple, Cambodia

4 Chichen Itza Aztec site, Yucatan, Mexico

5 Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

6 Colosseum, Rome

7 Easter Island Statues, Chile

8 Eiffel Tower, Paris

9 Great Wall, China

10 Hagia Sophia church, Istanbul, Turkey

11 Kyomizu Temple, Kyoto, Japan

12 Kremlin/St.Basil's, Moscow

13 Machu Picchu, Peru

14 Neuschwanstein Castle, Fussen, Germany

15 Petra ancient city, Jordan

16 Pyramids of Giza, Egypt

17 Statue of Liberty, New York

18 Stonehenge, Amesbury, United Kingdom

19 Sydney Opera House, Australia

20 Taj Mahal, Agra, India

21 Timbuktu city, Mali



I don't see how the Statue of Liberty, Eiffel Tower, Sydney Opera House, or even the Taj Mahal fit in. The list must not be considered the "Ancient Wonders of the World" any more. Anyway, I was just wondering what some of you think the top 7 should be.

Red Leader
10-17-2006, 02:46 PM
I'm surprised that Big Jesus off of I-75 didn't make the cut. Hmmmm.

dabvu2498
10-17-2006, 03:22 PM
I'm surprised that Big Jesus off of I-75 didn't make the cut. Hmmmm.

Especially when equipped like this:

http://www.jeeeb.us/imgs/06_03_jeeeb_whodey.jpg

And everybody said...

max venable
10-17-2006, 09:25 PM
I've been to four of those 21...anybody been to more than four?

vaticanplum
10-17-2006, 09:32 PM
I've been to four of those 21...anybody been to more than four?

I've been to nine. I'm very lucky.

But I've never been to Russia, a huge obsession of mine, and I don't know that I'll ever go given my (rather ironic) fear of flying.

mth123
10-17-2006, 09:46 PM
I've been to 5.

I vote for:

Great Wall, Colosseum, Stonehenge, Pyramids, Acropolis, Angkor Wat, and Machu Pichu

vaticanplum
10-17-2006, 09:50 PM
Have any of you ever read the book "Time and Again" by Jack Finney? It's kind of about time travel...anyway, the guy in the book goes back to 1880s New York City, and the story is supplemented by photographs. There's a section of the book in which he's talking to somebody about the Statue of Liberty, and she says oh they're never going to manage to get it up there, it's all in pieces right now, her arm is in the park in fact...and you turn the page of the book and there is indeed a real photo of the Statue of Liberty's arm, just sticking up her torch in the middle of the park :laugh:

It's bizarre to think about it. Anyway, I don't know that the Statue of Liberty is worthy of inclusion on this list, but I'm not sure what I would pick. Embarrassingly, I don't know what some of these are.

Falls City Beer
10-17-2006, 09:57 PM
Embarrassingly, I don't know what some of these are.

I'm ignorant of Petra Ancient City. Though I do think that would make an awesome band name.

pedro
10-17-2006, 10:10 PM
I've been to the Eiffel tower, Neuschwanstein Castle, and I've looked at the statue of liberty from battery park.

Caveat Emperor
10-17-2006, 10:11 PM
I'm ignorant of Petra Ancient City. Though I do think that would make an awesome band name.

I might be mistaken, but I believe Petra was where they filmed "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" at -- the scenes at the temple in the canyon of the crescent moon, where the grail is found, are shot at Petra in Jordan.

paintmered
10-17-2006, 10:29 PM
Though I do think that would make an awesome band name.

The band Petra agrees. Although I doubt you would care for their music.

BoydsOfSummer
10-17-2006, 11:17 PM
For a wonder of the world I'd like to nominate a Redszone phenomenon--The Adam Dunn Strikeout thread.

max venable
10-18-2006, 08:07 AM
I'm ignorant of Petra Ancient City. Though I do think that would make an awesome band name.

That's one of the four I've been to. The Emperor's right about Indiana Jones. Petra is a simply amazing place--an amazing city carved into the rocks.

http://www.carolynbrownphotographer.com/Images/3i-me-petra-.JPG

I've also seen Machi Picchu, the pyramids, and, of course, the Statue of Liberty (which by the way is the least impressive of the four that I've visited).

oneupper
10-18-2006, 08:23 AM
I've been to 8 of these.

My sister has been to every one except Timbuktu, Angor Wat and Easter Island.

She's currently living in Malaysia and will probably strike Angor Wat off the list soon enough.

dabvu2498
10-18-2006, 08:27 AM
I've been to 8 as well... 9 if you count Touchdown Jesus of Monroe.

I voted for Stonehenge, Easter Island, Giza, Chichen Itza, Great Wall, Petra and the Colosseum.

BuckWoody
10-18-2006, 08:29 AM
Wow, I've been to exactly zero...not even the Statue of Liberty. I feel like quite the rube. :(

On the bright side, I have seen the giant Jesus on I-75 about a thousand times. :thumbup:

Ltlabner
10-18-2006, 08:31 AM
I've only been to one. The Statue of Liberty. Yikes. I guess I could make the excuse that at 34 I've had neither the time nor money to see a lot of these, but still....kinda sad. I finally made it to Europe for the first time in May of this year (which was for work also).

I've traveled all over the USA but mostly for work. I have seen all sorts of "world wonders" in the Paduchas, Laffayettes and Marietta's of the world...does that count?

And yes, I have had my big I75 Jesus ticket punched a million times. Even seen it from the air on a flight into Cincy.

RBA
10-18-2006, 08:48 AM
3.

I could of went to Stonehenge since I lived in England for 4 years. But I really wasn't that interested. Even the Brits around me, didn't even think it was worthwhile to go to.

My three,
Acropolis, Collesium, and Eiffel Tower.

flyer85
10-18-2006, 09:04 AM
I'm surprised that Big Jesus off of I-75 didn't make the cut. better known as "Touchdown Jesus".

oneupper
10-18-2006, 09:27 AM
better known as "Touchdown Jesus".

Is there a picture of this "Touchdown Jesus" for those of us from out of town?

Johnny Footstool
10-18-2006, 09:29 AM
I'm ignorant of Petra Ancient City. Though I do think that would make an awesome band name.

Petra was a Christian "rock" band in the early- to mid-80s.

Falls City Beer
10-18-2006, 09:37 AM
Petra was a Christian "rock" band in the early- to mid-80s.

Even better.

Red Leader
10-18-2006, 09:38 AM
Is there a picture of this "Touchdown Jesus" for those of us from out of town?

dabvu2498 posted a picture of it above, although the real one doesn't really have a Bengals jersey on.

It's enormous.




http://www.jeeeb.us/

The image - the "graven image" if you like - on the right is a statue, affectionately known by many Cincinnati/Dayton locals as "MC 62ft Jesus", by others as "Touchdown Jesus", (and by comedian Heywood Banks as the "Butter Jesus")

Located in front of the Solid Rock Church - on the east side of I-75 near the Monroe exit in Southern Ohio - it has become an modern day icon for many.

For us folks at jeeebus it has become both a thing of beauty and a target of some ridicule.

dabvu2498
10-18-2006, 09:50 AM
dabvu2498 posted a picture of it above, although the real one doesn't really have a Bengals jersey on.
I think we all can agree that it should.


It's enormous.

Little known fact about TDJ... construction was delayed for a time because the original hands were too large. :D It's true.

Sean_CaseyRules
10-18-2006, 10:05 AM
I'm surprised that Big Jesus off of I-75 didn't make the cut. Hmmmm.


LOL I love that thing, I think its awesome!!!!! Especially because I know that Trader's World is coming right up! lol

Highlifeman21
10-18-2006, 02:01 PM
LOL I love that thing, I think its awesome!!!!! Especially because I know that Trader's World is coming right up! lol


If you're going North on 75, you get back to back treats for your viewing pleasure. A well hung horse at the top of the Traders World sign, and then Touchdown Jesus just seconds away.

Horse Penis and a Holy Figure. Does it get any better than that?

pedro
10-18-2006, 02:08 PM
Is there a picture of this "Touchdown Jesus" for those of us from out of town?

http://misheli.image.pbase.com/u39/jpochard/upload/40172873.February2505Jesus.jpg

dabvu2498
10-18-2006, 02:36 PM
If you're going North on 75, you get back to back treats for your viewing pleasure. A well hung horse at the top of the Traders World sign, and then Touchdown Jesus just seconds away.

Horse Penis and a Holy Figure. Does it get any better than that?

And if you "get off" there at Exit #26, you'll find what used to be Bristol's Nightclub (soon to be Deja Vu) and a Hustler Hollywood super store, as well as two maximum security ODRC prisons.

At one time there were plans to build the 2nd largest shopping mall in the US as well as a Native American tribal casino, right there in the shadow of all the other "wonders" of Eastern Butler County.

vaticanplum
10-18-2006, 02:42 PM
the Statue of Liberty (which by the way is the least impressive of the four that I've visited).

That was my instinct too, but now that I've really looked at that site I'm not sure I wouldn't vote for it. They seem to be using not just architectural or "wonderment" criteria; for the Statue of Liberty, for example, they say vote for her because she is a symbol of "generosity and hope". So it appears that they're using different criteria for each structure. They seem to be not selected just as structures, but as symbols and for what they represented in history. I'm not sure how that's comparable; they're all important in that sense.

I have to say that I do love the Statue of Liberty very much both as a structure and from an emotional standpoint, as it is so representative of why this country came to exist at all. And the inscription ("Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free...") makes me cry every time I see it. My ancestors did come here through Ellis Island, as I'm sure a lot of yours did. So I guess I'm biased; I'm an American after all.

I have a great memory that involves both the Statue of Liberty and the World Trade Center. It was during my senior week of college, which was basically an excuse for us to drink as much as we possibly could under school-sanctioned and chaperoned events such as a Yankees game, a karaoke faculty dinner, and the much-anticipated "booze cruise" around Lower Manhattan. It was chilly on the water so mostly we all stayed inside for most of the cruise. But all of a sudden my friends and I noticed people heading to the upper deck, so we followed, and we saw why everyone was there: the boat was approaching the Statue of Liberty. We all found spots to stand around the edge of the deck and looked up at her. I've been to Ellis Island and even then she didn't seem so big, and she's so beautiful at night, with her torch up in the air. We sailed all the way around us and she just stood watch over us. Everybody was totally silent despite most of us being pretty much sloshed on Long Island iced teas (because, you know, an open bar on a boat is a great idea for a bunch of 21-year-olds). And as we sailed around, the World Trade Center positioned itself right behind her. The effect was amazing. She looked SO BIG because we were practically right on top of her, but still the towers stood scary guard over her. You know, a lot of people didn't like the World Trade Center because it wasn't pretty, not like the Statue of Liberty or the Empire State Building or the Chrysler Building. But when I was standing there looking at them, I got it. The towers were never supposed to be pretty, not in the traditional sense. They were built to be functional, to allow thousands of people to go to work every day, to feed their families and to feed our economies. And here it was standing watch over the Statue of Liberty which was pretty much the exact opposite: built as a symbol and a gift, not necessarily to be functional. And she served her purpose, she worked, which is why the WTC came to exist at all. The people who came to America right by her made lives, and their descendents needed a place to work, and work is a big part of what this culture was built on. She did her job so well that she needed company in the harbor. And these two things were built at the foot of Manhattan, at the very starting point from which New York City (and partially the country) built from the beginning, long before either of the structures were there.

The effect of the two of them, both so huge, right next to each other and right in front of us was startling, and shut everybody up. About half these kids had grown up in New York or New Jersey and looked on these things every single day of their lives without giving them much thought. But they looked so totally different that night and they both really got to me. It was really kind of a bonding thing because everybody was so quiet and you had the sense that everybody was thinking about the same things, or at least you convinced yourself of that in drunkenness. The actual favorite part of this memory to me was that there was this guy standing next to me whom I had never seen before through four years of college at a pretty little school. He looked like a jockish lacrosse player or something. And we were both looking up and for a split second I could feel him looking at me, and then he said, "It's beautiful, isn't it?" And I nodded and we toasted our cups to the skyline. In the movie version of my life he grabbed me and we made out. But in the real version, I ran off and mistook the ship captains for the DJs and asked them to play the Humpty Dance. They were pretty bewildered. And then we sailed away from the Statue of Liberty and went back to school to drink some more beer. September 11 happened just a little over a year later.

So I love the Statue of Liberty. And I love the Eiffel Tower too, which is another thing I think you have to see to truly appreciate. It's a lot bigger than it looks in pictures, and the shape is so unique and graceful that you wonder how it stands up. And I love that it was built for the World's Fair. I think it very much represents its purpose too.

Blimpie
10-18-2006, 02:52 PM
Here's my list...


Acropolis, Athens, Greece

Colosseum, Rome

Easter Island Statues, Chile

Great Wall, China

Pyramids of Giza, Egypt

Stonehenge, Amesbury, United Kingdom

Taj Mahal, Agra, India

Chip R
10-18-2006, 02:58 PM
I've only been to one. The Statue of Liberty.


Same here. But I've seen Jim Coombs in person so that trumps them all.

RBA
10-18-2006, 03:13 PM
Same here. But I've seen Jim Coombs in person so that trumps them all.



Not that there is anything wrong with that. :help: