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Jun 29th, 2006, 08:31 AM
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>>>Steve: whoa! nytraveler, the education system is not going to "h-e-double hockey sticks" because I dont know what the oracle of Delphi is! >>>

Steve: Maybe you were absent the day they taught it.
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Jun 29th, 2006, 08:36 AM
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20 for me.
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Steviegene, I just realized that my post could sound like I'm slamming you. If so, I apologize profusely! That's certainly not what I meant to do. My intention was to defend the education system, not criticize you.
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Jun 29th, 2006, 08:49 AM
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The oracle of Delphi, was also the Priestess of Apollo and known as the Pythia. She would sit on a three legged stool which was placed over a fissure in the rock floor of a cave. Unusual gasses would eminate from the fissure and the Pythia would go into some sort of trance after breathing them.

People would come and ask questions about their future, and wait for the cryptic answers from the oracle.

Indeed very cryptic, the following is a better explanation:

"The Pythia was knowledgeable in many areas: history, religion, geography, politics, mathematics, philosophy, etc. She uttered advice on where and how to build cities, which laws to incorporate, and which prayers to utter. Her predictions were often very shrewdly phrased, which caused many supplicants to misinterpret the advice. The most famous instance of this comes down to us through a Delphic prediction given to Croesus, King of Lydia. In 550 BCE, Croesus was preparing to invade the Persian Empire when he consulted the Oracle about his chances for victory. After sacrificing 300 head of cattle to Apollo, he had gold and silver melted down into 117 bricks, which were sent to Delphi, along with jewels, statues, and a gold bowl weighing a quarter of a ton. With these gifts, Croesus sent his question of whether he should attack Persia.

The Pythia answered that, if he crossed a river, "Croesus will destroy a great empire." Encouraged by this response, he invaded Persia, only to suffer a decisive defeat. The Persians invaded and then conquered Lydia and captured Croesus, who thereafter bitterly denounced the Oracle. He sent his iron chains to Delphi with the question, "Why did you lie to me?" The Pythia correctly answered that her prophecy had been fulfilled. Croesus had destroyed a great empire -- his own."

Hope this explains it a little better.

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Jun 29th, 2006, 08:50 AM
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17 1/2 for me. I count 1/2 because I cruised to the mouth of the Yangtze but not down it.
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Jun 29th, 2006, 09:27 AM
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Guess I've been around more than I thought. 23 down for me!
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Jun 29th, 2006, 09:42 AM
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steviegone -

No - I'm not an english teacher. I'm not a teacher of any sort and it's been almost 30 years since I graduated from college. But one does at least retain the basics of what you learn - and I specifically remember spending 7th grade learning the basics of world history (from ancient times) although naturally we did it in more depth in high school. And English classes included the start of english literature (Beowulf, Chaucer etc). So that by high school you were reading moderns (no longer modern of course) like La Plage, Les Jeux Sont Faites, Waiting for Godot, Animal Farm, 1984, Lord of the Flies etc.

And you would learn about the Oracle of Delphi in History class - not English. Unless you come from a place that didn;t include ancient history in the curriculum (I do know this varies by state).
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Jun 29th, 2006, 10:05 AM
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Only 5 for me. I better get cracking!
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I counted 46..I still need to get moving.. a couple of them I will do in September but couldn't count them in..
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Jun 29th, 2006, 10:44 AM
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6, I'm proud of myself! 1 in Turkey and the rest in the US.
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Jun 29th, 2006, 10:59 AM
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21.5--I've been to Rio but not for Carnival. Just goes to show how many more places I still need to visit!
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Jun 29th, 2006, 11:13 AM
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24 for me.

But none of the top 5. Only Grand Canyon in the top 10. Most in the 60-100 area.

I'm planning a trip to South America which will add four, possibly six to my list.

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Jun 29th, 2006, 11:15 AM
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Only 5 for me. Guess I've spent too much time seeing the U.S. and missing all the best "Wonders".
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There's no such thing as spending too much time seeing the US, bjboothman! Traveling the world is great. But you don't want to miss what's in your own backyard!
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Jun 29th, 2006, 03:01 PM
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34--and a trip planned for France in July. I hope to add more when we re-visit SE Asia or India in 2008.
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Jun 29th, 2006, 03:13 PM
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I have seen 67, but then I am older than dirt--Not really, I just love to travel. I am looking forward to seeing the Metropolitan Museum and the Sahara Desert. I have been to Delphi but the Oracle was not in.
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I attended a public school in Australia and started on Shakespeare(also French and Latin) in 7th grade, but wasn't introduced to Chaucer until university. All that was in the Dark Ages, of course, and now has probably been replaced by postmodern deconstructive analysis of "The Simpsons". I don't remember much exposure to Greek mythology, but an interest in literature and history instilled by some dedicated teachers ensured that at some stage I got to know about the Oracle of Delphi, and much else. You can't expect the school system to teach you everything, but it should open your eyes to the world around you.

I'm retired but recently took a short-term contract that involved supervising a large number of young people. Almost all had completed 6 years of high school and many were part-way through a university degree. I would guess that a good 50% took astrology seriously, and most could not have told you what the scientific method consisted of, or the basics of the theory of evolution, if their lives had depended on it. In many cases their English spelling and grammar was atrocious and usually eclipsed by the Indian kids studying in Australia.

OK, enough Grumpy Old Man stuff. I know these lists are necessarily subjective, but I was puzzled that San Francisco made it but that Sydney (Australia), a distinctly more spectacular city, didn't. And why, if you're to include NYC's skyline, would you exclude Shanghai's jaw-dropping Pudong?
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OK, that should have read "their English spelling and grammar WERE atrocious". I needed to get that in before someone else did.
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I don't see Creme Brulee on there anywhere. What are they thinking?!!!
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