Wednesday, April 9, 2014


I was putting cream in my tea, half-and-half from a neat little plastic cup that keeps it fresh for months, maybe years, without refrigeration, when I was struck by the thought: “The eighth wonder of the modern world!” (And I thought about immunizations, and photo-voltaic cells and cellular telephony, more modern wonders).

And Wonder made me wonder – as it does - and my thoughts tumbled around.

The historian Herodotus (484 – ca. 425 BCE), and the scholar Callimachus of Cyrene (ca. 305 – 240 BCE) at the Museum of Alexandria, made early lists of seven wonders. Their writings have not survived, except as references.
The Great Pyramid at Giza

The classic seven wonders were:
  • Great Pyramid of Giza
  • Hanging Gardens of Babylon
  • Statue of Zeus at Olympia
  • Temple of Artemis at Ephesus
  • Mausoleum at Halicarnassus
  • Colossus of Rhodes
  • Lighthouse of Alexandria  
The only ancient world wonder that still exists is the Great Pyramid of Giza.

Have a look at our World Book Online for more information on these and other fascinating wonders.

Wonderful things! The exclamation of Howard Carter as he peered through a small hole into the burial chamber of the pharaoh Tutankhamen. “Can you see anything? He was asked by his sponsor, Lord Carnarvon. “Yes, wonderful things” he replied.

Full of fantastic creatures, teeming with life before Man was conceived.

Natural Wonder on TED:  Living things over 2000 years old! Rachel Sussman: The World's Oldest Living Things.

A photographer travels the globe creating portraits of living creatures more than 2000 years old. One of them has since died.

TED itself is a wonder. I found it while surfing on my ROKU but all of the videos are available for free, on the web. 

So my last thing to wonder about is...what makes YOU wonder?

Jan D.

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