Cheap NYC Hotel Room Not on the Short List
Do you vaguely remember learning about the seven wonders of the world back in middle school? We don't either. So we did some hard-hitting research and discovered they were first chronicled by some old, dead Greek guys interested in sightseeing. Cool, right? Well, the old wonders are all but gone now. But, luckily the quest continues for the world's favorite new wonders.
In a (seemingly effective!) publicity stunt, "film producer, author and aviator" Bernard Weber has asked the world to decide which of its landmarks are the most wondrous. We first told you about the short list last year, but now that voting clock is ticking. Admittedly, this whole operation seems a little fly-by-night, but, hey, we're not entering our credit card info. (You do have to register with the site to vote for your fave wonders.)
There are a couple surprises among an otherwise impressive field. Like the Eiffel Tower--a bit too small and too easy to find, we think. And the Christ Redeemer statue in Rio--a little too chintzy, no? What about the Giza Pyramids? They're already a wonder of the world! The rest of the contenders, though, definitely have wonder-of-the-world potential--including Petra, above, which you'll remember from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
[Photo: Kenny Maths]