What a wonder-full world

The current list of the Seven Wonders of the World has been around since the Middle Ages. Bet you can’t name all seven of them. Only a select few can. After all, just one of the wonders is even still around. So why not come up with a new list? That’s exactly what the New Seven Wonders Foundation (www.new7wonders.com) is doing. It’s holding a worldwide vote—you can choose seven of the 21 “finalists,” picked from a list of 77 in January.

The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, as named in the Middle Ages:

The Great Pyramid at Giza, built in 2550 B.C. outside of Cairo, Egypt. This is the only ancient wonder that still exists, and the only one that made the New Seven Wonders list.

The Hanging Gardens of Babylon, built in 600 B.C. in what is now Iraq.

The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, built in 550 B.C. in what is now Turkey.

The Statue of Zeus at Olympia, built in 435 B.C. in Greece.

The Mausoleum of Maussollos at Halicarnassus, built in 351 B.C. in present-day Turkey.

The Colossus of Rhodes, built in 292-280 B.C. in Greece.

The Lighthouse of Alexandria, built in the 3rd century B.C. in Egypt.

Think those are a bit out-of-date? Cast your vote, folks. You’ll have about a year to do so. The results will be announced 7/7/07. Some of the sites you can choose from: The Acropolis, Greece; Christ the Redeemer (pictured), Brazil; Angkor Wat, Cambodia; Chichén Itzá, Mexico; the Eiffel Tower; the Great Wall of China; Machu Picchu, Peru; Petra, Jordan; the Statue of Liberty; Stonehenge, England; and the Taj Mahal, India. Check the Web site for the full list.