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GBelle Jun 29th, 2006 05:54 AM

Top 100 wonders of the world
I found a website that proclaims the top 100 wonders of the world. I'm a quarter of the way there. How many have you seen?

or the top 1000 list:

loru100 Jun 29th, 2006 06:18 AM

17 down (including the top 4)...83 to go.

steviegene Jun 29th, 2006 06:36 AM

Not too bad for being only 27!
Some of these places I havent heard of. Where is Delphi or St Basils Cathedral?

xxx30 Jun 29th, 2006 06:50 AM

St. Basil's is the onion domed Church in Moscow. Delphi is were the oracle lives.

steviegene Jun 29th, 2006 06:55 AM

what oracle?

panecott Jun 29th, 2006 06:56 AM

The oracle of Delphi

steviegene Jun 29th, 2006 06:59 AM

so where is delphi and who is the oracle. These are very mysterious answers?!

panecott Jun 29th, 2006 06:59 AM

I've seen 39 of them. I'd better get moving to see the rest! :-)

panecott Jun 29th, 2006 07:03 AM

LOL! Sorry, Steve, I couldn't resist. It's from Greek mythology. If I remember correctly, the oracle of Delphi dispensed words of wisdom to inquiring minds.

CAPH52 Jun 29th, 2006 07:07 AM

Only 8 for me. I guess I'd better get busy!

An interesting list.

CAPH52 Jun 29th, 2006 07:16 AM

A little better on the top 1000 -- 32. As I said, an interesting list. But subjective, of course.

tampatramp Jun 29th, 2006 07:21 AM

GBelle: thanks for the great link; only saw 29, have #30 booked for January. Hope to do at least 50.

panecott: if San Francisco was one of your 39, then you would have known oracle is a software company.

nytraveler Jun 29th, 2006 07:39 AM

steviegene -

Delphi was one of the major religious centers of ancient Greece and the Oracle was the Priest/god/goddess of the ancient religion. Today the ruins of Delphi are probably second most popular after the acropolis.

Did you never have to read Bulfinch's mythology? Or Herodotus? Or Homer? (Not in the Greek of course, but in English.)

(Has all education in the US from the 7th grade up been discontinued? I distinctly remember that we had to do all of these in 7th grade - along with Dickens and the beginning of Shakespear. And I had a discussion with a slightly younger friend - granted not from NY and I know states vary in school curricula - but she had never even read Beowulf OR Chaucer.)

Can someone tell me what children read now in 7th and 8th grade? Comic books?

tcreath Jun 29th, 2006 07:44 AM

I've been to 19, although I plan on visiting several more in the next year. I thought I was doing pretty good, but apparently I need to start traveling some more!


tcreath Jun 29th, 2006 07:45 AM

nytraveler, I didn't learn about the Oracle of Delphi until last year when I took a college-level philosophy course. I love history but I don't recall learning anything about the oracle in junior high/high school.


steviegene Jun 29th, 2006 07:51 AM

whoa! nytraveler, the education system is not going to "h-e-double hockey sticks" because I dont know what the oracle of Delphi is! What are you an english teacher or something?!

CAPH52 Jun 29th, 2006 07:58 AM

NY traveler, where did you go to school? Surely not a public school?

I went to Catholic schools and graduated from h.s. in 1970. We didn't read Beowulf, Chaucer or Shakespear until high school.

One of my kids graduated from public h.s., the other will in a year. And, yes, they've had to read all of those things.

steviegene Jun 29th, 2006 08:23 AM

i think nytraveler is scared to come back. Maybe he/she thinks we'll quiz him/her on the Wife of Bath's tale or The Tempest!

CAPH52 Jun 29th, 2006 08:25 AM

I had to cut that short as I realized I was late to pick up my son at tennis camp.

I meant to add that, while they have read Beowulf, Chaucer and Shakespear, it wasn't until high school. And, although I'm not sure that either of them have read Dickins in h.s., they've read lots of other excellent, but "non-classic" literature that we didn't.

As I said on the Brussels thread on the Europe forum, I don't think you can blame the education system in cases like this. If kids can't read or do basic math, yes, there's something wrong with the schools. But when you're talking about where Brussels is or the Oracle of Delphi, I think it has far more to do with interest and retention.

panecott Jun 29th, 2006 08:26 AM

I went to Catholic schools in NYC and didn't read Dickens, Chaucer, Shakespeare or Beowulf until high school.

Tampa: I've been to San Francisco twice, but both visits predated the computer age -- back in the olden days.
But we're talking about the Oracle of Delphi, not the oracle of San Francisco.

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