The 7 New Wonders of the World

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mario F.
    > The panama canal is probably the only piece of man-made architecture that is a wonder. Plus a ton of people died just building it.

    So the Pyramids which were built with ancient technology we don't even know about, or the Great Wall, or Machu Pichu on top of an almost unaccessible mountain, or the heads in Easter Island that had to be moved across the sea in sea rafts so large that weren't invented until the 15th century... those aren't wonders.

    But Panama Canal is?

    Ok.
    I meant modern, architecture. Not to mention that it's aged very well throughout the years. Pyramids are great, they attest to how much you can do with thousands of slaves, all great guys I'm sure. But Since people were speaking of modern wonders, I like the panama canal the best.

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    Ah gotcha. I would also add the airport in Japan built on top of a man-made island.

    On the subject of heads... Seems the "they came from another place" theory is no longer supported. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/easter/
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    Reimplementing a large system in another language to get a 25% performance boost is nonsense. It would be cheaper to just get a computer which is 25% faster.

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    I love the eastern island statues for the epsiode of the new Johnny quest where they found out that aliens with faces like the statues were their influence.

    Not to mention that douche that ruined all the mystery. Seriously, can't some things just stay mysterious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by indigo0086
    I meant modern, architecture. Not to mention that it's aged very well throughout the years. Pyramids are great, they attest to how much you can do with thousands of slaves, all great guys I'm sure. But Since people were speaking of modern wonders, I like the panama canal the best.
    The people who built the pyramids were paid. If anything it's a testament to capitalism

    The panama canal is a good example of a wonder too, definitely.

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    What a sad collection of testaments to religion, power and folly.

    Most are proclaiming "look at how magnificent and powerful I am for getting this constructed" in one way or another. Great for keeping the masses busy during the construction, and keeping them in line afterwards. Jesus on a rock is watching you - gimme a break.

    The only lesson here from a lot of those things is build it big, and build it out of stone and it will be around for a good long while. Long after the original builders (and whatever reason they had) have turned to dust, there will be debate (and whacko theories) as to why it was done.

    Where are the other impressive feats of construction which actually have some purpose?
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    Bridges - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akashi-Kaikyo_Bridge
    Tunnels - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Channel_Tunnel
    Dams - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoover_dam

    The Panama canal would get my vote.
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    I doubt any of your suggestion would qualify as a candidate for the 7 Wonders of the World... but hey... we just proved there isn't no pleasing everybody
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    Originally Posted by brewbuck:
    Reimplementing a large system in another language to get a 25% performance boost is nonsense. It would be cheaper to just get a computer which is 25% faster.

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    I think we are confusing the meaning of the 7 Wonders since its inception over 2000 years ago.

    From Wikipedia

    The Seven Wonders were wonders because they were among the most popular tourist destinations; even as early as 1600 BC, tourist graffiti was scrawled on monuments in the Egyptian Valley of the Kings (by which time the Great Sphinx of Giza was already a thousand years old). It is notable that the Seven Wonders sites were all man-made; no natural features were included since they were not popular destinations.
    From the New Seven Wonders:

    The commonly known Seven Ancient Wonders of the World were all man-made monuments, selected by Philon of Byzantium in 200 B.C. Today, only the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt remain.

    His selection of wonders was essentially a travel guide for fellow Athenians, and the stunning sites were all located around the Mediterranean basin, the then-known world.
    And this is the Statement

    Let's not get so political about it, shall we?

    I'm sure those are all impressive man-made structures and great feats of engineering. And many more there are. However, there are specific lists for them. They simply don't fit into the general idea of the 7 Wonders of the World.
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    Originally Posted by brewbuck:
    Reimplementing a large system in another language to get a 25% performance boost is nonsense. It would be cheaper to just get a computer which is 25% faster.

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