Do you like to waste time?
Our "Great Links" are interesting web places we've found:
Totally silly ways to waste time:
the ice and snow are gone ... spring fever in Illinois! A good time to
look through garden catalogs and peruse gardening websites, dreaming of
Since 1892, the Logee-Martin family has been growing
and selling over a thousand varieties of tropical container plants for
home and garden. They are the exclusive source of many varieties, both
heirloom and new introductions.
I'm glad Logee's
sells online - I've purchased several plants from their website throughout
the past years, all have been healthy and are all thriving.
Great April Fools' Pranks: Classic
and creative ideas from FamilyFun
Fool's Day Atrocities: The Top 10 Worst April Fool's Day Hoaxes Ever
Candy April Fools' Day Collection
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 ...
Last chance to decorate
your Easter eggs.
Everyone knows about "Googling" new acquaintances
and friends. We've all propably "Googled" ourselves. But here's
a great way to waste a few hours: Type your last name into Google
We did an image search for "Corsi" and found
a couple of unusual things.
at Oxford University Museum of Natural History. Faustino Corsi, a lawyer
in Rome at the beginning of the 19th century, collected exactly one thousand
samples of marble, granite, serpentine and other decorative stones. The
collection was purchased from Corsi and presented it to the University
of Oxford in 1827.
of the donor, Nera
Corsi Sassetti, a fresco in the church of Santa Trinità, in
Florence, Italy, painted by Domenico Ghirlandaio. At the base is the painted
inscription: A.D. MCCCCLXXX. XV decembris. This could be the initial date
of the work whose conclusion is in the great altarpiece with the Nativity,
For website research, a useful aspect of Google Image
Search is to type in the domain name of the entire website. An image search
finds about 353 images.
Friday cat picture, found at Tanay
if you haven't visited these past "Great Links," then they're
new to you!
Eggs: Mementos of a Doomed Dynasty
Imperial Easter Eggs - Index
World's Largest Easter Egg
Karcolt tojás - Scratch-carved eggs
& Crystal Artisian Eggs by Eggery Studios
Kinder Surprise Chocolate
MORE EGGS ...
eggs we've found recently
of the White House Easter Egg Roll
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.
Take a journey through 2,000 years of British history
and the worst jobs of each era. There is a quiz to see how suited you
would be to certain jobs in the past. There is also information on current
offbeat careers, such as Colon hydrotherapist.
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.
Cleverly decorated cappuccino from all over the world.
Also see: latte
This guy travels the world and dances. I'd love to do this!
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.
corsinet.com sponsor, www.i-pets.com,
is awarding a $24 gift certificate to dooce
as the winner of this category.
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.
Friday cat picture, found at fofurasfelinas'
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
Friday cat picture, found at Sam
& Suzy's, because of The
Moggy Horde's Silly Sleeping Pose Olympics!, through a link via the
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?
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
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
The news that someone has vanished without a trace
can lead to gossip, police searches and tabloid headlines. It also can
mean more fame in absentia than the missing person ever had when present.
Here are some of the modern world's more
famous Disappearing Acts.
Iridis Encyclopedia's List
of People Who Have Disappeared is a compilation of people who have
mysteriously disappeared, whose death is not substantiated, whose remains
have not been recovered, or whose whereabouts are unknown and who may
be presumed deceased.
more recent disappearance: On November 18, 1961, 23-year-old Michael
Rockefeller set out from a missionary outpost to visit remote villages
deep in the interior of Papua, New Guinea. When his native catamaran was
swamped in rough seas, Michael set out to swim for the distant shore,
with the fateful words: "I think I can make it
" -- he
was never seen again. Nelson Rockefeller, Michael's father and New York's
Governor, coordinated an extensive search, but no remains were found.
Michael Rockefeller eaten by cannibals?
metro stations. Who knew they could be so beautiful?
Excellent animation from Bruno Bozzetto: How
Do You Drive?
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,
- The United States is 49th in the world in literacy
- The United States ranked 28th out of 40 countries
in mathematical literacy .
- The United States is 41st in the world in infant
- Women are 70 percent more likely to die in childbirth
in America than in Europe.
Color diamonds are becoming very popular lately, but they've been around
for a long time. For example, the Grand Condé (pictured at left) was owned
by the family of the Condé princes, one of the most important branches
of the French house of Bourbon, since the 1600's, when it was gifted to
them by Louis XIII. The Grand Condé is a fancy pink diamond, cut
in the form of a pear, weighing 9.01 carats. (via grow-a-brain)
Friday cat picture, found at How
to Build a Cat
Also, equal time for doggies: Doggy
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.
Amost like time travel - take a trip back to the
Roman Rorum of 179 AD. The model of the Roman Forum was completed
by Robert Garbisch in 1982. It is currently on display in the Goldfarb
Library at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. It took two
and one half years to complete. There are over 720 Roman citizens living
in this model and carrying on with their lives.
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!
Totally silly ways to waste time: