A monumental oversight

Over at Joust The Facts last week, Giacomo linked to this article seeking the 7 Wonders of the Modern World. I don’t know enough to discuss the merits of most of them, but I was sorely offended by the sole American representative on the list — the Statue of Liberty. Of all the wondrous man-made things in America, they chose a statue built and presented by the French as a sop for siding with the Confederacy during our Civil War.

I took that as a challenge, and started wondering about what American icon should be on that list. My first thought was to get snarky about plastic surgery, and mention Pamela Anderson, Joan Rivers, Michael Jackson, or Cher. But I thought better of it, and instead came up with three that I think will stand the test of time.

1) The Hoover Dam.

2) Mount Rushmore.

3) The Apollo 11 Lunar Module.

My criteria were historical significance, sheer magnificence, and iconic status. Tourist appeal would also be nice. (Granted, we can’t expect much of a tourism boost on that last one…)

So, what would you like to see as America’s contribution to a Seven Wonders Of The Modern World?

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