Thursday, June 21, 2007

Helpful Hint of the Day

If you are leaving town and want to suspend mail delivery until you return, save yourself a trip to the post office to fill out a form. Requests can be made online at:

Because I care about you.

Two Cool Who Videos

Two great videos of one of my favorite bands, The Who.

We knew John Entwistle was good on bass, but holy crap. An isolated cam on him performing "Won't Get Fooled Again" in concert. Be patient - takes a second to get going. Thanks, Seth, for the link.

A very young Who lip-syncs "Pinball Wizard" on the "This Is Tom Jones" variety show (!) in 1969.

The Seven Wonders of the World

You've heard of them, but do you know what they are?

There are actually several different "seven wonders" lists, but the first and most commonly referenced is The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The list was compiled around 140 BC by Greek poet Antipater. Only one of the list's seven "wonders" still exists today.

1. The Great Pyramid at Giza

(click the pic to see how big this mo-fo really is)

The oldest and largest of the three pyramids at Giza (Cairo), Egypt, built around 2500 BC. Originally 481 feet tall -- almost as tall as the Washington Monument -- and 570,000 square feet at its base. Took 20 years to construct. The only one of the Seven Wonders that still stands today.

2. The Hanging Gardens of Babylon (and the Walls of Babylon)

Built around 600 BC in present-day Iraq. The walls were 56 miles in total length, 80 feet deep and 320 feet high. Destroyed by earthquake in the first century BC, but no big loss because they were overrun by kudzu by then, anyway.

3. Temple of Artemis at Ephesus

Built over a 120-year period at Ephesus (modern-day Turkey), completed in 550 BC. Built to honor the Greek goddess Artemis (not to be confused with Aramis). Said to be nearly 400 feet in length and 180 feet wide, three times the size of the Parthenon. Destroyed by arson in 356 BC by fame-seeker Herostratus, who was promptly executed.

4. Statue of Zeus at Olympia

Built by Greeks in 435 BC. Forty feet tall, and carved in wood and ivory, plated in gold leaf, and inlaid with precious stones. Destroyed by fire in the 400-500 AD.

5. Tomb of Maussollos

(scale model)

Built by the Greeks and Persians at Halicarnassus (present-day Turkey) around 350 BC as a tomb for Persian governor Mausollos and his family. Nearly 135 feet tall, it was destroyed by earthquake in 1494. Has inspired the design of many modern-day buildings, including Grant's Tomb in New York City.

6. The Colossus of Rhodes

A huge statue of the Greek god Helios, built between 292 and 280 BC on the Greek island of Rhodes. One hundred feet tall, nearly the height of the Statue of Liberty. Stood only 60 years before being toppled by an earthquake in 224 BC.

7. Lighthouse of Alexandria

Built by Egyptians in the 3rd century BC on the island of Pharos at Alexandria (now a peninsula). At 385-450 feet tall, it was one of the tallest man-made structures in the world for centuries before being destroyed by two earthquakes in the early 1300s. Now we know what the L.A. City Hall was modeled after.


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