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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!

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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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30 April

29 April

history of polioWhatever Happened to Polio?
In the United States, polio was the most notorious disease of the 20th century until AIDS appeared. The virus destroys the motor neurons that control the muscles connected to swallowing, breathing, and limb movement. Although there was, and is, no cure for polio, on April 12, 1955, it was announced that Jonas Salk, using March of Dimes donations from millions of people, had developed a vaccine to prevent polio.

29 April

cute cat picture Friday cat picture, found at Bob Snell Photography



28 April

lobotomy experiments Adventures with an icepick: the history of lobotomy
In the early 1900's, Dr. Walter Freeman, largely through experimentation, helped to establish various forms of lobotomy as everyday treatment for psychiatric patients. By 1955 over 40,000 men, women and children in the United States alone had undergone psychosurgery which left large parts of their brains irreparably vandalized by doctors who didn't even need a formal qualification to practice the operation.

Also see: Brief History of Lobotomy

27 April

desperate houseflies Desperate Houseflies is a parody website and has no association whatsoever with Desperate Housewives. The story unfolds around six suburban houseflies in the backdrop of a picture-perfect neighborhood called Diphtheria Lane. (via the Presurfer and j-walk)

26 April

New vocabulary words:
The Washington Post’s Mensa Invitational once again asked readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing one letter, and supply a new definition. (via LitHaven)

25 April

22 April

vintage posters Vintage Posters
A stunning selection of over 15,000 vintage posters ranging from the rare Alphonse Mucha to Leonetto Cappiello, as well as the more common vintage French and Italian posters.


22 April

cute cat picture Friday cat picture, found at Pet Photo of the Day



21 April

15 April

Friday cat picture, found at Cute Little Kittens random kitten generator





14 April



13 April

12 April

parodies of romance novels Longmire Does Romance Novels
I think a lot of us can agree that a large number of romance novel covers are pretty silly and are just asking to be ridiculed. So that's exactly what I did. I bought a few of them at the used book store and got to work on them. The artwork almost writes its own jokes. (via Redsugar Muse)



11 April

queen elizabeth I"I may not be a lion, but I am a lion's cub, and I have a lion's heart."
Interesting as well as educational information on the life and times of Queen Elizabeth I (1533-1603).



10 April

There is no clear favorite when the 117 cardinals begin their secret conclave later this month. But names often mentioned as "papabile" — the Italian word for possible papal candidates — include Cardinal Francis Arinze, a Vatican-based Nigerian, and Brazilian Cardinal Claudio Hummes.

9 April

california, napa vallay   Bill Hocker has travelled to some marvelous places and has taken some great photographs.
"The albums on my shelf have small labels indicating the part of the world they encompass. It is the limit of my organization; the slides within are randomly juxtaposed, oblivious to period or itinerary. The photos were taken with much the same randomness, recording chance collisions of composition, color, light and subject. I present them here in similar disorder leaving travelogues or touring guides to other, more capable, hands."

8 April

the house of grimaldi Grimaldi.org, is the official website of the ancient House of Grimaldi. It provides an overview of nine centuries of Family history, and outlines the genealogy of some of its main branches.

8 April

cute cat picture Friday cat picture, found at amazing cat collection.



7 April

What do your pets do while you're at work?
what do your pets do while you're at work?Did you ever wish you could have a hidden camera in your house so you could see what your pet is really doing while you are away from home?

6 April

The Micropolitan Museum
For several centuries artists have depicted the human figure, still-lifes, landscapes or non-figurative motives. One subject has been widely neglected all those years: Micro organisms!

5 April

Ginger and Fishcakes, naval mascotsNaval Mascots : Throughout history, crews of many naval ships not only included humans, but animals as well. H.M.S. Hood was no exception. In fact, at times during her 21 year career, she was a veritable floating zoo! Her menagerie of known mascots/pets included a goat, an opossum, a squirrel, a wallaby, beavers, a variety of birds, as well as dogs and cats.

4 april

a virtual tour of Venice. A virtual tour of Venice, Europe's largest carfree city.

3 April

2 April

1 April

Visit Google. Submit a query of two words, but don't use quote marks. Use no punctuation in your words, and no numbers. Find two words that return one result, then see whether Whack agrees.

1 April

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

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
The Handmaid's Tale
Margaret Atwood, fiction

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


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