(Suggested audio listening during reading this post, "Wonderful" by Everclear.)
Someone stop me if I'm wrong, but is there anything wrong with the 7 Wonders of the World? Are they no longer wondrous?
Someone felt that the ancient 7 Wonders of the World were in need of updating and an on-line vote was conducted with new 7 wonders of the world emerging. Residents of these nearby new wonders cheered while residents of the old wonders groaned. I find myself in the latter category.
The Greeks, Babylonians, and Egyptians worked hard for their designation, and I vehemently disagree with this new seven wonders (lower case, mind you) revelation. A little head-to-head comparison, if you will, with the reigning champions, the Ancient 7 Wonders of the World taking the lead billing.
Lighthouse of Alexandria vs. Petra
Indiana Jones discovered Petra, but he hasn't touched the Lighthouse of Alexandria. If Jones cannot conquer the ruins of the Lighthouse of Alexandria, it must be more powerful. (Note: With a new Indiana Jones movie on the way, the jury may still be out on this "wonder battle.")
Colossus of Rhodes vs. Colosseum
The Colossus battles the Colosseum! I know for a fact that Steven P. Rhodes would not stand for this comparison and as such, I give the advantage to the Colossus of Rhodes.
Mausoleum of Maussollos at Halicarnassus vs. Chichen Itza
Oh, like some chicken dish stands a chance against the massive Mausoleum of Maussollos at Halicarnassus. In fact, that name itself is a wonder that anyone can pronounce it.
Statue of Zeus at Olympia vs. Great Wall of China
Zeus laughs at your pithy wall and skips over it daily. Plus, China ships unsafe products. Zeus hates that.
Temple of Artemis at Ephesus vs. Christ the Redeemer (statue)
In a rare moment of victory, the new 7 wonders come out on top. Jesus so totally rocks Artemis' world.
Hanging Gardens of Babylon vs. Machu Picchu
Nebuchadnezzar gently hangs his flower baskets throughout the lost city of Machu Picchu. It is the relatively unknown gentle touch of the Babylonian king that made the gardens special, not the wild, untamed jungles that overwhelmed a city. Advantage Hanging Gardens.
Great Pyramid of Giza vs. Taj Mahal
Not even close. The Pyramid is such a massive wonder that it was granted honorary status on this new list of the 7 wonders. The Pyramid kicks everyone's behind times ten.
Photo from archaeology.about.com