} You didn't say whether you wanted the Seven Wonders of the Ancient
} World or the Seven Wonders of the Modern World, so here are both lists:
} THE SEVEN WONDERS OF THE ANCIENT WORLD
} 1. The Pyramids of Egypt--Even though there are a bunch, they all got
} grouped together as one.
} 2. The Hanging Gardens of Babylon--These were built by King
} Nebuchadnezzar II so he'd have an excuse to get out of the house and
} away from the Queen on weekends.
} 3. The Statue of Zeus at Olympia--This wasn't actually a statue, it's
} just that Zeus liked to sleep in most mornings.
} 4. The Colossus of Rhodes--A giant statue of Helios, the sun god, it
} stood across the entrance to the Rhodes harbor. It was knocked down by
} a boat with masts that were just a little too tall.
} 5. The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus--To this day, you see chariots
} with bumper stickers from this tourist trap.
} 6. The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus--The word "mausoleum" comes directly
} from this structure; the word means "building in which Mausolus's dead
} body was put because it was starting to stink up the palace."
} 7. The Pharos of Alexandria--Ships' navigators always had trouble
} finding Alexandria because, looking at the map, they had no idea what a
} 'pharos' was. Eventually, this structure was renamed "The Lighthouse
} of Alexandria."
} THE SEVEN WONDERS OF THE MODERN WORLD
} 1. The Leaning Tower of Pisa (Pisa, Italy)--The only reason this is a
} wonder of the world is because it hasn't fallen down yet.
} 2. The Empire State Building (New York, New York)--This skyscraper is
} notable for having played a pivotal role in one of the best Bugs Bunny
} cartoons ever, "Baseball Bugs" (1946), which ends with Bugs climbing to
} the top of the zeppelin mooring mast to catch a baseball.
} 3. The Chunnel (English Channel, U.K./France)--Notable for having the
} goofiest name of any Wonder since "Halicarnassus."
} 4. Bureau of Engraving and Printing (Washington, DC)--The only wonder
} mainly noted for the people who work there. Specifically, the tour
} guides who haven't yet strangled someone who asked "Hey, are there any
} free samples?"
} 5. West Edmonton Mall (West Edmonton, Alberta)--"Why not put an
} amusement park inside a mall, eh?" asked someone, and this was the
} 6. Principal Financial Group Building (Des Moines, Iowa)--Completed in
} 1990, this 44-story building is over 600 feet tall. (The Des Moines
} Convention & Visitors' Association is a proud sponsor of the Wonders of
} the World Committee.)
} 7. Indiana University (Bloomington, Indiana)--Home of the Oracle.
} Need I say more?
} You owe the Oracle a souvenir Temple of Artemis demitasse spoon.