wasting time in an intelligent way! corsinet.com for humor, trivia, quotations and miscellaneous other good stuff

corsinet.com is an excellent, intelligent way to waste time on the internet: discover unusual facts, learn some new things, wake up your brain cells and have some fun.

We've been wasting time on the internet since before there was an internet!

Our collections:

Brain Candy was first posted on the internet in 1990, as a way to store the accumulation of word play, riddles and jokes we had compiled through the years.

Trivial Trivia is our collection of weird facts and unusual information, much of it is totally useless unless one is training for Jeopardy or a trivia contest.

Chicago Collections is a huge resource about Chicago. A little history, some quotations and song lyrics, and links to great Chicago area attractions.

DesignWeb started because people liked our web sites and asked for help in designing theirs. We are currently taking new clients only on a very selective basis.

TC is Tony's artwork. He doesn't sell it & doesn't answer his email, so don't even bother.

Our Garden is a work in progress. It's what we've learned about installing and maintaining a koi pond in our back yard. There are lots of pictures of our pond and plants we've had success with in a shady yard, in the brutal weather of the Chicago area.

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31 March

30 March

29 March

13 Great April Fools' Pranks: Classic and creative ideas from FamilyFun
April Fool's Day Atrocities: The Top 10 Worst April Fool's Day Hoaxes Ever

28 March

interesting mailboxes Sam's Mailbox Picture Collection
Sam has always been intrigued by the ability of a craftsman to take a boring mailbox and make it into a thing of interest, adventure or beauty-- Or simply mount it in a way to catch his eye-- We all see them every day but some are really neat ...

27 March

26 March

25 March

cute cat picture Friday cat picture, found at Tanay



24 March

EGGS ...
if you haven't visited these past "Great Links," then they're new to you!

History of the White House Easter Egg Roll
Chinese Thousand-year Egg
Pickled Egg Recipes
Egg Trivia

23 March

The Worst Jobs in History
The history we are taught usually features the lives and times of the great and the good, of the haves and not the have-nots. But the famous aristocrats and monarchs could not have existed without the battalions of minions who performed the tasks that were beneath their masters.

22 March

quaint cigarette packsJim's Burnt Offerings
A Collection of Quaint Cigarette Packs, Boxes, Tins and Advertising.
Like other manufacturers, early cigarette makers understood and took advantage of the fact that children and young women could and would successfully entice smokers to buy their brands. Trade cards and posters pictured "fine ladies of the theatre" and other beautiful young women.

There are over 200 illustrated web pages on the social history of the cigarette in America uploaded for your enjoyment.

21 March

decorated cappuccinoCappuccino art:
Cleverly decorated cappuccino from all over the world.

20 March

An excellent adventure
This guy travels the world and dances. I'd love to do this!

19 March

dooce, 2005 Best American Weblog, awarded by the bloggies
Congratulations to dooce, selected as "Best Weblog from the United States," in the Fifth Annual Weblog Awards, the 2005 Bloggies. Congratulations as well, to the other great nominees.

18 March

the poison garden The Poison Garden: Come face to face with some of the most deadly plants in the world. From belladonna (deadly nightshade) to tobacco plants, this garden is not for the faint hearted! The Poison Garden is one of the newest features of The Alnwick Garden project which began in March 1996.

18 March

cute cat picture Friday cat picture, found at fofurasfelinas' photos


11 March

dream anatomy The invention of the printing press in the 15th century helped to inspire a new spectacular science of anatomy, and new spectacular visions of the body. Anatomical imagery proliferated, detailed and informative but also whimsical, surreal, beautiful, and grotesque — a dream anatomy that reveals as much about the outer world as it does the inner self.

11 March

cute cat picture Friday cat picture, found at Sam & Suzy's, because of The Moggy Horde's Silly Sleeping Pose Olympics!, through a link via the Presurfer.


10 March

all about woodlice Woodlice have more nom-de-plumes than the Scarlet Pimpernel. Even Wikipedia, the usually definitive internet based encyclopedia seems at a loss as to where to start:"Woodlouse - also known as a pill bug, armadillo bug, sow bug, slater, ball bug, and erm... Roley-poley." Whatever. Aren't they gross looking?

9 March

See the gardens at villa d'este The Villa d'Este in Tivoli, Italy, was commissioned and built by Cardinal Ippolito d'Este. Born in 1509, he was the son of Lucrezia Borgia and the grandson of Pope Alexander VI. He was the only Cardinal who could say that he was the grandson of the Pope. Ippolito d'Este was a bishop at the age of two, an archbishop at the age of ten and a cardinal at thirty. At the age of forty-one, he came close to becoming Pope. After several unsuccessful attempts to become Pope, D'Este spent the last twenty years of his life in Tivoli. From 1550 until his death in 1572, one of the most erudite, cultured, intelligent and disconcerting men in Europe created his dream garden.

We visited the gardens at Villa d'Este in January, 2005. See our photos.

8 March

what happened to amelia earhart?"We must be on you, but we cannot see you. Fuel is running low. Been unable to reach you by radio. We are flying at 1,000 feet." At 8:45 a.m. on July 2, 1937, Earhart reported, "We are running north and south." Those were the last words heard from Amelia Earhart. On July 19, after spending $4 million and scouring 250,000 square miles of ocean, the United States government reluctantly called off the operation, and the great mystery of "What happened to Amelia Earhart" began.

7 March

moscow metro stationsMoscow's metro stations. Who knew they could be so beautiful?


6 March

5 March

Is USA the greatest? No concept lies more firmly embedded in our national character than the notion that the USA is "No. 1," "the greatest." Actually,

4 March

4 March

cute cat picture Friday cat picture, found at How to Build a Cat


3 March

look clearly at life The Great Illusion
The reality of thoughts, words and surreal images

Look clearly at life and not just your own,
how much is reality, and how much is unknown.
It's not measured in beauty, possessions or wealth,
but measured in consciousness and judged by yourself.

2 March

1 March

great looking food! Food Photography ... if we couldn't let you taste or smell the food, the next best thing was of course photographs of the food we'd eaten and the restaurant or venue we'd eaten it in. We post only the food we really enjoyed. No sense in publishing pictures of food that didn't taste as good as it looked. Enjoy this feast for the eyes!

28 February



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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
J.K.Rowling, fiction

a short history of nearly everything
A Short History of Nearly Everything

Sex with Kings
Sex with Kings : 500 Years of Adultery, Power, Rivalry, and Revenge

the last precinct
The Last Precinct
Patricia Cornwell, fiction

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