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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

A Random Wednesday Conversation Starter

What human-made object would you really like to someday see in person?

7 comments:

Call me Paul said...

Stone'enge

M. D. Jackson said...

Nighthawks by Edward Hopper

Michael May said...

Notre Dame de Paris

Roger Owen Green said...

Great Wall of China

Jason said...

The obvious ones, of course: the pyramids, the Great Wall of China, the Eiffel Tower, Macchu Picchu, Petra... but there's also something called the Falkirk Wheel in Scotland, a rotating boat lift that connects two canals that are at different heights. Amazing piece of engineering... details here: http://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/falkirk/falkirkwheel/

Oh, and if we're letting our imaginations off the leash, I'd love to take a tourist flight to the moon, suit up at the Tranquility Base Visitor's Center, and walk out to the Eagle's landing stage and the carefully cordoned-off footprints where human beings first stepped onto another planetary body...

Chris said...

Jason wins, imho. The footprints would be the coolest. Petra is also a particularly good one.

Two that I would love to see are the cave paintings in Lascaux, France and the Incan masonry in Peru (e.g. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inca_architecture ) We still don't know how the Incas did that; I'd love to see it just to try and figure it out.

Transcending time, I would love to see the Colossus at Rhodes, to see if it really was taller than the Statue of Liberty. Many modern scholars say that can't be true, but we don't know how obelisks or Easter Island stone heads or the Incan masonry were done, either.

Would love to see any of the above being built, just to know how it was done.

teflonjedi said...

The Pyramids. I have been lucky to see many things in Europe and in China, but I am not sure Egypt will ever leave me feeling comfortable enough to go.