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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 30, 2007

The Wizard of Oz: An American Fairytale
Since its publication in September 1900, L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has become America's greatest and best-loved homegrown fairytale. The first totally American fantasy for children, it is one of the most-read children's books.

April 29, 2007

Kitchen Myths
We've all heard of urban legends, those plausible sounding but false stories that circulate so widely on email and news groups. There are several web sites devoted to researching and exposing these fake stories. The same sort of thing happens in the world of food and cooking, although on a much smaller scale. This page is the answer.

April 28, 2007

Wikipedia:Picture of the day

Worth1000 Picture of the Day

Astronomy Picture of the Day

PowerShot User: Picture Of The Day

Botany Photo of the Day

National Geographic Photo of the Day

April 27, 2007

The Top 50 Movie Endings of All Time
What films had the most outstanding finales? Some old favorites and some surprises can be found in this top 50 list.

April 26, 2007

Suicide Food
Suicide Food is any depiction of animals that act as though they wish to be consumed.

April 25, 2007

Rolling Stone’s Top 25 Songs With a Secret
There is often some ambiguity whenever anyone talks about the so-called real meaning of any song. You can’t always trust the artists to tell the truth about their sources of inspiration, journalists and fans all have conflicting interpretations especially regarding particularly juicy rumors.

April 24, 2007

America's Favorite Architecture
The 150 works of architecture in this exhibition represent some of the best of America's architectural heritage.

April 23, 2007

Veal to Love, Without the Guilt
The most successful animal rights boycott in the United States started more than 20 years ago and had nothing to do with foie gras. When photographs of formula-fed veal calves tethered in crates where they could not turn around appeared across the country, sales of veal plummeted.

April 22, 2007

Awarded to Renée C. Byer of The Sacramento Bee for her intimate portrayal of a single mother and her young son as he loses his battle with cancer.

April 21, 2007

13 people indicted in $3 million credit card fraud
The diners didn't know it, but their credit cards were going to pay for more than their meals, prosecutors said.

Waiters in about 40 restaurants, in New York and elsewhere, quietly recorded customers' credit card information and passed it on to people who used the information to make more than $3 million worth of worth of illegal purchases, according to prosecutors.

April 20, 2007

The $18-Million Headache
Seven years ago, Alex Snelius won big in the lottery—and things went steadily downhill from there.

April 19, 2007

Why should we have eight hours' sleep?
A survey is suggesting that only a tiny minority of us are getting eight hours' sleep a night. But do we really need that much?

April 18, 2007

Female Body Shape in the 20th Century
How has body shape changed during the last century? What were the popular and glamorized body shapes of the day?

April 17, 2007

20 amazing, outrageous and just plain weird tax deductions
Take a look at the top 20 funky, strange and outrageous deductions that folks have tried, and sometimes failed, to get away with.

April 16, 2007

April 15, 2007

Bound for Glory: America in Color, 1939-1943
These colorful images mark a historic divide in visual presentation between the monochrome world of the pre-modern age and the brilliant hues of the present. They change the way we look -- and think about -- our past.

April 14, 2007

What do users do on the Internet?
4000 people were asked to select among a list of 17 common internet activities and select those which they did or did not do.

April 13, 2007

The Nine Lives of Al Sharpton
When one considers the multitude of hurtful, malicious, deceitful things Al Sharpton himself has said and done over the years—chiefly for the purpose of justifying his own existence as a proverbial shepherd dutifully shielding black Americans from the white racist wolves that supposedly surround them all times—it is beyond incredible not only that he hosts his own radio program, but that anyone on earth should take seriously anything he has to say.

April 12, 2007

History of the Income Tax in the United States
The nation had few taxes in its early history. In 1862, in order to support the Civil War effort, Congress enacted the nation's first income tax law. It was a forerunner of our modern income tax in that it was based on the principles of graduated, or progressive, taxation and of withholding income at the source.

April 11, 2007

Statutes of Limitations: Is Your Lawsuit Timely?
Every state has its own time limits, called statutes of limitations, and even within a state the period of time within which you must file a lawsuit varies according to the type of claim.

April 10, 2007

Infamous moments in Saturday Night Live history
Since it is broadcast live, the American sketch comedy television series Saturday Night Live has had several infamous events throughout its history that were either unplanned or provoked sufficient controversy to receive media coverage. Several hosts and musical guests have also been banned from returning due to their actions during the show.

April 9, 2007

Eunice Kennedy Shriver's Olympic Legacy
When Eunice Shriver was growing up — the middle child in her famous family — she developed a passion for competition and sports. Shriver's love of sports led her to later start the Special Olympics, which gave people with mental retardation the opportunity for athletic competition.

April 8, 2007

Happy Easter!

April 7, 2007

April 6, 2007

Case of the Cottingley Fairies
In 1917 two innocent-seeming English schoolgirls, 16-year-old Elsie Wright and her 10-year-old cousin Frances Griffiths, launched a deception that somehow managed to fool many people over the following years, including the creator of Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. While playing in Cottingley Glen, just behind the Wright home, the girls took what they claimed were close-up photographs of winged fairies dancing amid the foliage.

April 5, 2007

20 Bizarre Hotels
Tired of staying at the Main Street Hilton everywhere you go? Maybe just one time you'll forget about racking up your Marriott points and entertain the idea that the hotel you choose can be just as much an experience as your trip itself.

April 4, 2007

Just Desserts
“Excuse me waiter,” my customer, a middle aged woman asks. “Are the desserts homemade?”

April 3, 2007

April 2, 2007

Was Amelia Earhart a doomed castaway?
If what's known now had been conveyed to searchers then, might Earhart and her navigator have been rescued? It's one of a thousand questions that keep the case from being declared dead, as Earhart herself was a year and a half after she vanished.

April 1, 2007

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