More Spooks & Kooks and How Many Wonders Do We Need?

Sparks Of Insanity By Vinny "Bond" Marini Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Welcome To THE COUCH...Sit on Down and Get Comfy...

As I had thought A few of you wrote in wondering why your favorite Halloween Spooky Joint was not listed.

Remember, this was not my list...I was just the messenger.

But in the interest of full-disclosure and to ensure anyone in your area knows where to get the s**t scared out of them this Halloween season...

Dixie wrote in: "Just down the road here from Jackson, in a town called Medina, they have a "HAUNTED HALLOW"... they have been doing this for more than 20 years now...The last time I went I actually got the pee scared out of me! Literally.... scared out of me...ummmmmmm... haven't been back since... ;- "
No web site that I could find - but that is one place I am gonna have to visit!

Fred wondered how Busch Gardens, Tampa's HOWL-O-SCREAM was not listed. The web site can be found HERE.

Our Lurking Friend Debbie sends us word about SCREAMS near Dallas, TX. You can find out about it HERE.

Finally, Coco tells us about BOO AT THE ZOO in Moncton. Could not find much on it, but did get to this page HERE. THE COUCH really hates where we are going as a society...this from the AP this morning:

ATTLEBORO, Mass. - Tag, you're out! Officials at an elementary school south of Boston have banned kids from playing tag, touch football and any other unsupervised chase game during recess for fear they'll get hurt and hold the school liable.

Recess is "a time when accidents can happen," said Willett Elementary School Principal Gaylene Heppe, who approved the ban.

While there is no districtwide ban on contact sports during recess, local rules have been cropping up. Several school administrators around Attleboro, a city of about 45,000 residents, took aim at dodgeball a few years ago, saying it was exclusionary and dangerous.

Elementary schools in Cheyenne, Wyo., and Spokane, Wash., also recently banned tag during recess. A suburban Charleston, S.C., school outlawed all unsupervised contact sports.

"I think that it's unfortunate that kids' lives are micromanaged and there are social skills they'll never develop on their own," said Debbie Laferriere, who has two children at Willett, about 40 miles south of Boston. "Playing tag is just part of being a kid."

Another Willett parent, Celeste D'Elia, said her son feels safer because of the rule. "I've witnessed enough near collisions," she said. are one smart parent...Celeste...your kids will grow up to be insulated, lawsuit minded weenies.
OK, "'spain to me Lucy", why we are now going to select the new SEVEN WONDERS OF THE WORLD?

Ummm...what is wrong with the old
SEVEN WONDERS OF THE WORLD kiddies? Are they no longer wonderful? Did they somehow lose their panache?
OK, now, I think this is remarkable.

I guess I need to do research before tackling a subject this
big. As i began to check back to ensure I remembered the original SEVEN WONDERS OF THE WORLD, I found that there are actually a few lists of SEVEN WONDERS OF THE WORLD!

COUCH NOTE: Most of this information came from; with some exceptions.

Let's begin with the original listing:
Great Pyramid of Giza (The only original one still standing)
Hanging Gardens of Babylon
Temple of Artemis at Ephesus
Statue of Zeus at Olympia
Mausoleum of Maussollos at Halicarnassus
Colossus of Rhodes
Lighthouse of Alexandria

Then there is a listing of SEVEN WONDERS OF THE WORLD from Medival times: Seven Wonders of the Medieval World is a list whose origin and make-up is unknown. No scholarly resource is known to mention it, and the only known references are in popular books, such as The Rough Guide To England (1994, page 596) or The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Crusades (2001, page 153). However even these lists do not match up.

Examples of what might be in such a list (with source):

Ummm..just in case you are shaking your head...yup this SEVEN WONDERS OF THE WORLD list contains TEN Wonders!

OK, had enough? well guess what...there are more lists of
COUCH NOTE: Blogger is being difficult and not letting me show the links on the following lists in purple, but if you click on the "woonders" you will go to their web page.

American Society of Civil Engineers compiled another list of wonders of the modern world: The following list of the TOP SEVEN TOURIST TRAVEL WONDERS (not including pilgrimages) was compiled by Hillman Wonders: Similar to the other lists of wonders, there is no consensus on a list of SEVEN WONDERS OF THE WORLD, as there has been debate over how large the list should be. One of the many lists was compiled by CNN: Not done yet folks....:

This list of underwater wonders is of unknown origin but has been repeated sufficiently often to acquire a degree of notability:

Well, that brings us to this new list which will be unveiled beginning October 27th in USA Today and on Good Morning America.

The goal of the project is to revise the original "SEVEN WONDERS OF THE WORLD," since only one — the pyramids of Egypt — still exists today (but you knew that, since we told you that earlier!).

Finalists for the new group are, in alphabetical order:

Let THE COUCH know which are your favorites?

  1. the Acropolis in Athens;
  2. the Alhambra in Granada, Spain;
  3. Angkor, Cambodia;
  4. Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico;
  5. Christ Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro;
  6. the Colosseum in Rome;
  7. Easter Island Statues, Chile;
  8. Eiffel Tower, Paris;
  9. Great Wall, China;
  10. Hagia Sofia, Istanbul;
  11. Kyomizu Temple, Kyoto, Japan;
  12. Kremlin/St. Basil, Moscow;
  13. Machu Picchu, Peru;
  14. Neuschwanstein Castle, Füssen, Germany;
  15. Petra, Jordan;
  16. Pyramids of Giza, Egypt;
  17. the Statue of Liberty, New York;
  18. Stonehenge, Amesbury, United Kingdom;
  19. Sydney Opera House, Australia;
  20. the Taj Mahal, Agra, India;
  21. Timbuktu, Mali.
OK Kiddies...I know you weren't expecting a lesson today, but THE COUCH likes to think of itself as a place of learning...

See what happens when you put us in a hotel room all by ourselves at night with free internet access!

Hey think about what other subjects we could have come up with!
Gonna lighten it up tomorrow...

Thanks for sitting on THE COUCH, hope you enjoyed your stay.


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Keep that spark of insanity kids...It helps keep you an individual.

11 Of Your Sparks

  1. Bond ~ read my blog.... posted the same thing about the kids NOT being able to play tag at recess. Where our brains on the same wave length today????

    Now, I must finish reading and will post other thoughts.


  2. COPYCAT!!!!!

  3. *sticks out tongue* I posted first that makes you the COPYCAT!!!!


    *puckers lips* MUWAAAAAAAAAA

  4. Anonymous Says:
  5. From the mind of Meribah:

    Wuh???? Not allowed to play tag??? What the frack???? When I was a kid (oh man, don't tell me I've reached THAT age now?), I used to play tag, run around, ride a bike (without a helmet! Although wearing a helmet is probably a good idea! LOL), played in the barn (climbed in the hayloft! Gasp!), played in the sawmill, and around heavy machinery AND farm animals, yet managed to survive to adulthood! Considering all the hazards available to me as a kid, I think the dangers of tag are relatively mild! LOL

  6. Unknown Says:
  7. Um, Bond? What about Taylor Hicks? He was created before 2000 and I can't imagine a more heavenly body!

    :gets thrown off the couch forcibly:

  8. Fred Says:
  9. I've been to the CN tower. How that could make any list surprises me. It's a tall building. Period. Not much else.

    My favorites would have to be anything ancient (Greece and Rome). No cranes, no electricity...just hands, crude tools, and ideas.

  10. Angell Says:
  11. Yer kidding me - what the heck is society all about?

    We played all those games, and we turned out fine - oh wait, some of those parents were probably the ones that got HURT during the games, or weren't chosen for the teams.

    Thanks for the geography lesson Bond baby - did I mention I failed that in school?

    Learn something new everyday - especially on the couch. :D

  12. Amanda Says:
  13. Gosh..what are we coming to..And people wonder why our children are overweight *sigh* TAG your it! Ok, all the places are beautiful, instead of revising the overly revised list of the seven wonders, why not make a totally different list OF A DIFFERENT NAME???

  14. Anonymous Says:
  15. Man, I don’t know what I would do if the government was not legislating my behavior!

    "use the manual we have been given"

  16. MERI: we are in a world ruled by lawyers and those who think we should all be wrapped in bubblewrap it appears.

    DANA: Well you get points for reading the educational stuff at least...sheesh

    FRED: I tend to agree with you- though the Statue Of Liberty is pretty impressive IMHO

    ANGELL: Speak for yourself! ..ummm..oh wait you all think I did turn out fine..nevermind! I like to bring a little edukation to THE COUCH occassionally.

    AMANDA: TAG - no touchbacks..I am rubber you are glue..whatever you say bounces off me and sticks to you!
    I say..why should there only be Seven???

    DAMM: Go sit down...rule number 3 --read it again! LOL

  17. Unknown Says:
  18. I posted in Dixie's blog that in my daughter's school, they've eliminated morning recess for grades 1-5. Too many children, too much activity and too many adults in and out of the school yard.


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