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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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31 May

29 May

Baby robins - day 2I've been fortunate to have a robin build her nest under my bedroom window. She built the nest on May 13th and laid the first egg on May 14. She laid two more eggs, one on the 15th and one on the 16th. I've taken a picture each day of the nest, the eggs, and sometimes the mama robin.

27 May

fine art in Hungary Fine Arts in Hungary
This site is dedicated to fine arts in Hungary from the beginnings in the Romanesque period up to the mid 20th century.

There's a lot to explore on this very expansive, well organized site. (via)

26 May

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25 May

The madeleine smith murder story A Most Curious Murder
Thursday, 9th July 1857 - The atmosphere outside the High Court in Edinburgh was charged to fever pitch as the crowd awaited the verdict at the end of the most sensational trial of the century. Hanging in the balance was the life of Madeleine Smith, attractive 22 year old daughter of a prosperous Glasgow architect.

24 May

art & architecture of Venice Art and Architecture of Venice
For more than 1,000 years the Cornaro family commissioned the artists and architects of Venice to create palaces, chapels and church art, villas, paintings and theaters. Its male lines are extinct now in the Veneto, but the family found immortality in the art with which it endowed posterity.

23 May

Coco Chanel
One of the most revered designers of the 20th century, Coco Chanel (1883–1971) made an enduring impact on the fashion world. It is the authority and mastery of her work, the resonance of her image of the modern woman as articulated in her designs, and the autobiographical infusion of influences in her collections that confirm her iconic stature. In this exhibition, the spirit of the House of Chanel echoes vibrantly with an unprecedented presentation of more than 50 designs and accessories from the Museum’s Costume Institute collection, Chanel Archives, and other international institutions such as the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

21 May

style & splendor Style & Splendour
Queen Maud of Norway was one of the best-dressed women of her age. Granddaughter of Queen Victoria, she was born a princess and became Queen of Norway in 1905. Her wardrobe includes a range of stunning creations dating from her wedding trousseau of 1896 to the latest Worth designs of the 1930s, showing the incredible changes in women's lifestyles and fashions from Edwardian bustles to informal sportswear. Style & Splendour showcases some of the most spectacular garments, now in the collection of the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design in Oslo, and sets them clearly in the context of Queen Maud's life and times.
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20 May

20 May

within these walls Within These Walls ...
tells the stories of five families who lived in this house over 200 years and made history in their kitchens and parlors, through everyday choices and personal acts of courage and sacrifice.

 

19 May

Encyclopedia of Chicago
thousands of Chicago resources, including paintings, photographs, and entries that range from advice columns to Zenith Radio Corp. We particularly enjoyed the labor unrest and Prairie Avenue "rich maps" enhanced with "hot spots" that point to additional pictures and data. With its split screens, gorgeous hands-on "year pages," and video gallery (catch the silent news reel of a "human fly," or Teddy Roosevelt speaking in Chicago in 1917), the site bustles with energy and moxie -- a true reflection of the Windy City it documents so well.

17 May

roman gladiators The Roman Gladiator, History & Origin

16 May

15 May

tallulah bankhead Tallulah: A Passionate Life
Outrageous, outspoken, and uninhibited are just a few adjectives that described Tallulah Bankhead's personality. Most people who met her never forgot her -and she made sure of that! At the age of fifteen, she stormed out of her home state of Alabama like an April tornado, determined to gain attention and recognition. She did achieve stardom working in virtually every medium - stage, screen, radio and television - but her fame was attributed more to her outrageous antics than for her work.

13 May

julia margaret cameron Julia Margaret Cameron (June 11, 1815 - January 26, 1879)
British photographer. She wrote, "I longed to arrest all the beauty that came before me and at length the longing has been satisfied." Her portraits usually have a dreamlike Pre-Raphaelite quality. They are thought to be among the most beautiful of early photographers combining artistic merit with atmosphere. The bulk of her photographs fit into two categories: celebrity portraits and illustrations for literary works.

12 May

Dessert's on us -- Wendy's to give away Frosties this weekend
This weekend at Wendy's nationwide, Frostys are on the house. From Friday, May 13, through Sunday, May 15, consumers can pick up a free Junior Frosty at their local Wendy's restaurant. No purchase is required for customers to receive the free dessert.

11 May

king tut's real face Tut Was Not Such a Handsome Golden Youth, After All
Artists and scientists drawing on a detailed examination of King Tut's mummy have reconstructed the face of the young ruler as he might have looked in life: an unusually elongated skull, a narrow face, pronounced lips and possibly a receding chin.

11 May

vintage pictures Vintage Pix: Images of women in the past
The photos in this collection range from the 1860s to 1930s. The postcards primarily date to the first two decades of the 1900s. Look for character, humor, and material culture (i.e., clothes, furniture, etc.). Some images are related to women's history, but other interesting things are pictured as well.

 

10 May

miss kitty adopts Watch this great video:
Miss Kitty adopts a litter of abandoned puppies

 

 

10 May

A drawbridge on the Chicago River, Chicago, Illinois Chicago:
The Movable Bridge Capital of the World

Chicago has more movable bridges than any other city in the world, and the city is recognized as an international innovator in the engineering of bridges.

9 May

Man arrested for allegedly defacing Virgin Mary image
Chicago police say authorities have painted over the image some say looked like the Virgin Mary on a Kennedy Expressway underpass in Chicago after the image was defaced.
Chicago Police spokesman David Banks says police received calls last night around eleven-30 from people who said they saw a man on a bicycle write with black shoe leather polish the words "Big Lie" on the image.

9 May

matchbox gallery Ambigram Matchbox Gallery
Inspired by the miniaturist magic of matchbox label art created by unknown artists all over the world, these cards can be viewed upside down or right side up (or is it the other way around?)--either way, a face appears. (via Mirabilis)

 

 

7 May

WW2 nose art WW2 Nose Art
Aircraft Pinups and Decorations
Aircrews in World War II decorated their planes with pictures of pinups and pretty girls, typically modelled after the "cheesecake" art of Gil Elvgren, Alberto Vargo, and George Petty.

 

6 May

Sherlock Holmes stories 221b Baker Street
Mr. Sherlock Holmes, and his colleague John H. Watson, M.D., spent many years at 221b Baker Street. Characters of every type have frequented the rooms of this place, calling on Mr. Holmes for help and assistance on mysteries only the finest criminal detective could unravel.

6 May

cute cat picture Friday cat picture, found at Bluejake

 

5 May

1800 aquatint collection The Karl Bodmer Aquatint Collection
During the years 1832 to 1834, the German naturalist Prince Maximilian zu Wied led an expedition to the Upper Missouri region of North America. The description of this journey, Travels in the Interior of North America (in italic), published after his return to Europe, provided one of the most significant collections of ethnological information available concerning the nineteenth-century American Plains Indian.

4 May

3 May

Victorian and Edwardian photos Old photographs
The Roger Vaughan Picture Library contains a huge selection of Victorian and Edwardian photographs. It's a fascinating look into the lifestyle of people in the past.

A handy resource at this site are Victorian photograph album pages which can be used to make a DIY photo album, school project, to be used in a photo frame or even to repair a badly damaged album.

 

2 May

ancient indus valleyThe Ancient Indus:
The Indus Valley civilization flourished around 2,500 B.C. in the western part of South Asia, in what today is Pakistan and western India. The Indus Valley was home to the largest of the four ancient urban civilizations of Egypt, Mesopotamia, India and China. It was not discovered until the 1920's. Most of its ruins, including major cities, remain to be excavated. Its script has not been deciphered. Basic questions about the people who created this highly complex culture are unanswered.

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
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Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World
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Culture Shock! Hungary

green guide to hungary
Michelin THE GREEN GUIDE Hungary/Budapest

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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