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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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April 29

Earth Lodge Retreats and Rentals
Nestled into a grove of black locust trees on the edge of a field in Maine, earth lodges provide a charming retreat. Basic necessities are provided to renters: dishes, water jugs, and an outhouse. Hauling water from the well and gathering wood for cooking and heating may be part of your experience. Bathing may be done in the sauna, by sponge bath, or by a visit to the Canaan Motel (three miles away).

April 28

Bodie stands today in a state of "arrested decay," so coined by the State of California when they took over the town in 1962 to make it a State Historic Park.

April 27

The Mayflower Society
More than one hundred years ago, a group of descendants of the Pilgrims who sailed on the Mayflower in 1620, saw the need for a national society to honor their memory. The intention was to remember these Pilgrims who established Plymouth Colony, in what was then called the northern part of Virginia.

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April 24

A Trail of Diamonds
It takes only weeks for a diamond, once uncovered in an African mine, to travel to India to be cut and polished and land in the showrooms of Paris or New York. The journey reveals some of globalization’s greatest fault lines—inequality, child labor, and outsourcing—and the people who too often fall through the cracks.

April 23

The Covert Plague (Insulin resistance)
On this planet 194 million people have diabetes,but research suggests that the plague may be many times worse, affecting a much larger group of people who are slowly but surely developing a resistance to insulin in their bodies and who could be categorized as prediabetic.

April 22

April 21

Flickr Toys
Helping you do fun things with your digital camera since 2005. ;-)


April 20

Junk medicine: disease-mongering
Desperate for fresh markets for their products, the drug companies are said to invent or exaggerate medical conditions so that more people can be prescribed expensive pills.

April 19

Spectacular Gardens
Some of the most beautiful residential garden landscapes in America were created between 1890 and 1940 at the great country estates of wealthy industrialists during what is known in American garden design history as the Country Place Era. Sparing no expense and strongly influenced by the majestic European estates that they frequented, magnates such as George W. Vanderbilt, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. (see Cover photo of Kykuit), Pierre Dupont and Henry Huntington worked with the finest landscape architects of their day to create gardens on an ambitious scale that are a unique combination of Italian, French and English styles.

April 18

April 17

Turn Here
Short films about cool US places.

April 15

Frogs: A Chorus of Color
Brilliant orange, bright blue, dazzling red—frogs come in an astonishing array of colors. This vivid assortment of hues hints at the remarkable diversity that exists among the frog species inhabiting the globe. From lush rainforests to parched deserts, frogs are found in nearly every environment on Earth, and their survival strategies range from surprising to bizarre.
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April 14

The Boy in the Bubble
When David Vetter died at the age of 12, he was already world famous: the boy in the plastic bubble. Mythologized as the plucky, handsome child who had defied the odds, his life story is in fact even more dramatic. It is a tragic tale that pits ambitious doctors against a bewildered, frightened young couple; it is a story of unendingly committed caregivers and resourceful scientists on the cutting edge of medical research.

April 13

Jewish holidays or Jewish Festivals
W ithin Judaism, there are religious holidays, like Passover and Yom Kippur, which require abstinence from work, school, etc., and may also require fasting; and there are secular holidays, like Hanukkah and Purim which, while they may have a religious aspect or component, are festive occasions that generally reside on the secular side of Jewish history and tradition.

April 12

But it was an illusion.

April 11

Without Sanctuary
Searching through America's past for the last 25 years, collector James Allen uncovered an extraordinary visual legacy: photographs and postcards taken as souvenirs at lynchings throughout America.

April 10

New England Scenic Photography
Close your eyes and imagine strolling the beaches of Cape Cod or climbing the mountains of New Hampshire. Feel the romance of one of Vermont's covered bridges or the majesty of Maine's lighthouses. Look back in time on Connecticut's farms and churches or the rocky shore of Rhode Island's Coastline.

April 9

Charles Baudelaire's Flowers of Evil
Fleursdumal.org is dedicated to the French poet Charles Baudelaire (1821 - 1867), and in particular to Les Fleurs du mal (Flowers of Evil). The definitive online edition of this masterwork of French literature, Fleursdumal.org contains every poem of each edition of Les Fleurs du mal, together with multiple English translations — most of which are exclusive to this site and are now available in digital form for the first time ever.

April 8

April 7

Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild
Villa Ephrussi is the only great house open to the public on the Riviera to give some idea of the magnificent summer residences built by the very wealthy during the Belle Epoque to "create" the French Riviera.
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April 6

Computer Fact or Fiction?
Owning a computer opens the door to a host of myths and tall tales about the care and feeding of your pricey info system. And because a computer can be an expensive, mysterious piece of equipment, many cautious people take some of this maintenance "advice" as fact.

April 5

Medieval Crusades
A story of war, holy visions, unholy alliances, promises made with fingers crossed, sieges and slaughters, the details of which fill volumes.
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April 4

The Evolution of the American Front Porch
Porches are as synonymous with American culture as apple pie. While not unknown in colonial times, they rose to nationwide popularity in the decades before the Civil War, and remained in fashion for almost one hundred years.
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April 3

Chicago Botanic Garden
The Chicago Horticultural Society has been promoting gardens and gardening since 1890. With the ground-breaking for the Chicago Botanic Garden in 1965 and its opening in 1972, the Society created a permanent site on which to carry out its mission.

April 2

The John Day Scrapbooks
John Day painted hundreds of exquisite watercolours of the newly discovered orchids that were entrancing Victorian society.
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