Do you want to learn some facts about the Seven Wonders of the World? From places we only hear about in ancient literature, like the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, to places under the sea, such as the Great Barrier Reef, and even places outside our atmosphere, like the asteroid belt, there is no shortage of “seven wonders” lists. How do these places make it to these lists? Why only seven? Who decides these things? What were the original seven wonders of the world? What are the seven wonders of the world today? For the answers to these questions and more, check out these 25 incredible facts about the Seven Wonders of the World.
In 1999, Astronomy magazine took things beyond our own world and came up with a list of Seven Wonders of the Solar System aka Seven Wonders of The Worlds. On the list were Enceladus, a moon of Saturn; The Great Red Spot of Jupiter; The Asteroid Belt; The surface of the Sun; The Oceans of Earth; The Rings of Saturn; and Olympus Mons on Mars.
As if you haven't already been confused enough, most countries have their own individual *national* seven wonders lists.
Although most lists typically include seven wonders (because the Greeks initially included seven), the concept of an eighth wonder is quite widespread. Many lists will include an "honorary" eighth entry.
Interestingly enough, wonders can even be people! Andre the Giant was often touted as the eighth wonder of the world due to his enormous size 224cm (7 ft 4 in) and 240 kg (520 lb).
As you can see, the list of wonders can be quite controversial. Some lists even include people or concepts. Even fictional characters like King Kong are advertised with the moniker "come see the eighth wonder of the world!"
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