Monday, November 12, 2007

Seven Missing Wonders

Checked the news today and this caught my eye: Hunt For Seven Missing Wonders. Some of the wonders have obvious monetary value, others a more historical or informational one. All are mysterious, and that's probably why it caught my eye, 'coz I love mysteries! The facts surrounding the disapperances of these wonders may never be known, and that's why so many theories (some of which have become real stories in themselves) abound about them. Even the hunt for the truth are exciting stories in themselves.

Read the link above, and do try out the interactive map too. This kind of story brings out the excited kid in me, the same way that Raiders of the Lost Ark made my eyes widen back in the 80's. It's the same look I saw in some of my nephews when they watched National Treasure. The difference is that these seven missing wonders did exist, once upon a time. Should the Yamashita Treasure be somewhere in there too? Or maybe it doesn't count anymore 'coz some people say the mystery of its loss has been solved already. Other similar stories that come to mind are King Solomon's Mines (which crosses into another convention, the "Lost World"), Romancing the Stone, and practically every pirate tale around. The "treasure hunt" is another convention that's not going away soon, is another form of the "fantasy-quest", and can still fascinate readers today.

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