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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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May 29

Exclusively holding Simon Marsden's extraordinary and powerful black and white images the collection contains material from the British Isles, Ireland, France, Belgium, Italy, Germany, Romania and the USA.

May 28

Kaspar Hauser
On May 26, 1828 a teenage boy appeared in the streets of Nürnberg, Germany. He was wearing peasant clothing and could barely talk. The only identifying material carried by the boy was a letter addressed to the captain of the 4th squadron of the 6th cavalry regiment, in which the author asked the captain to take the boy in or hang him, and another piece of paper which appeared to be from his mother to his prior caretaker.

May 27

May 26

Nightwatchman of Rothenburg
Learn the fascinating story of one of Germany's best known and best preserved medieval cities. From its origins as a stronghold at the crossroads of important trade routes, to its growth into a wealthy and important town within the Empire, to its time of glory and its downfall during the 30 Year's War.

May 25

Livio De Marchi
Livio De Marchi was born in Venezia where, still a child, he worked on ornamental sculpture in the Venetian tradition and studied art and drawing at the “Accademia di Belle Arti” in Venice. His activity starts there, displaying at once an astounding skill in moulding materials.

May 24

London's heart of stone
The mysterious "London stone" is going to be rescued from a building due to be demolished. Does it mean that London is going to be saved from an ancient legend?

May 23

Antarctic conservation blog
This blog is written by Sarah Clayton, Nicola Dunn and Ainslie Greiner, and tells what it's like spending the winter in Antarctica conserving artefacts from the explorer's hut left behind by Ernest Shackleton in 1908.

May 22

What Is the Best Work of American Fiction of the Last 25 Years?
New York Times Book Review's editor, Sam Tanenhaus, sent out a short letter to a couple of hundred prominent writers, critics, editors and other literary sages, asking them to please identify "the single best work of American fiction published in the last 25 years."

May 21

Grant's Farm, operated by Anheuser-Busch, Inc., has been a St. Louis tradition for over five decades. More than 22 million guests have visited this popular family attraction during its history.

May 20

Jewish Genetic Disease Consortium
A web site launched to raise awareness about genetic diseases that disproportionately afflict Ashkenazi Jews. The site includes information about diseases that are more prevalent among Jews of Eastern European descent, including Tay-Sachs, Canavan Disease and Gaucher Disease.

May 19

Science of Building a House
Today, a home is not just a few walls covered by a roof - it's a wonder of science. Home builders employ physics, biology, geology, mathematics, aerodynamics, chemistry, hydrodynamics, electrical engineering, thermodynamics and even psychology in their quest to make you, the homeowner, as comfortable as possible in your domicile. Take a look at the elements involved in building a house.

May 18

Ancient Roots - Modern Medicine: Den Paradera
Dinah Veeris is on a one-woman crusade to preserve traditional medicinal plants. In the early 1980s she began Den Paradera, a magnificent botanical garden where she propagates over 300 species of wild medicinal plants.

May 17

20 Things You Didn't Know About Leonardo da Vinci
An ambidextrous, paranoid dyslexic, Leonardo could draw forward with one hand while writing backward with the other, producing a mirror-image script that others found difficult to read ... and more ...

May 16

May 15

Gang Rule
Gangrule is a historical look at the emergence of organized crime since 1890. The site has a database of known gang members, historic events and family histories, along with photographs, newspaper cuttings and official documents.
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May 14

Chicago Bird Collision Monitors
Most people don't know that birds hitting glass and buildings is one of the top killers of migratory birds. Chicago Bird Collision Monitors work to rescue birds injured from striking buildings and we mitigate the risks of bird-building collisions by educating the public and working with building managers and architects to find solutions.

May 13

Sea Turtle, Inc
Sea Turtle, Inc. was founded in 1977 by Ila Loetscher, better known as "The Turtle Lady of South Padre Island." STI was formed to aid and assist in the protection of Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle - and to ultimately restore the ridley population to a level that will ensure its survival.
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May 12

Backyard Paradises
Each backyard paradise featured here is a monument to the passion and vision of its creator. Visit the works of 10 untrained, visionary artists who have transformed their part of the world in rare and startling ways.

May 11

Portmeirion
Clough Williams-Ellis built Portmeirion from 1925 to 1975 on a peninsula off the coast of Snowdonia to show how 'the development of a naturally beautiful site need not lead to its defilement'. He fought for Beauty - "that strange necessity".

May 10

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden - Coral Gables (Miami), Florida, USA
Established in 1938, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is one of the world's preeminent botanic gardens, with extensive collections of rare tropical plants including palms, cycads, flowering trees and vines.

May 9

Rumor or Reality: The Creatures of Cryptozoology
Cryptozoology is the study of animals that are rumored to exist. Such creatures are called "cryptids." Some, like the gorilla, giant squid and okapi, are no longer hearsay and legend but real creatures recognized by science. Others, like Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster, continue to tempt the hopeful and the adventurous with the possibility of their existence.

May 8

May 7

Top 10 Profitable Dead Celebrities
While most of us are banking on retirement funds and pensions to keep the money coming in during our golden years, there are certain lucky individuals -- in this case celebrities -- who continue to rack in millions even when they’re six feet under.

May 6

Grandma Prisbrey's Bottle Village
A series of 13 structures made from colored bottles and other materials salvaged from the neighborhood dump, Bottle Village is located at 4595 Cochran Street, Simi Valley, California. Work on Bottle Village began in 1956 and continued until 1981.

May 5

 

May 4

Bird's Eye View of Famous Homes
Ozzy, Hef, and the Cunningham's all shared something with us: their homes, which we visited through our TV screens. See them here with Zillow's Bird's Eye View images.

May 3

American Pie
"The pizza could be as popular a snack as the hamburger if Americans only knew about it,” The New York Times lamented in 1947, illustrating its plaint with a photograph of a pie subdivided into dozens of canape-sized slices.

May 2

Tibet's Lost City: Atlantis in the Himalayas
Bruno Baumann left Munich in search of the Buddhist Shangri-la and happened upon the true cradle of Tibetan culture -- the silver palace of the Shang Shung kings. Fierce warriors and bloodthirsty shamans ruled this remote mountain realm more than 2,000 years ago.

May 1

Gambling: The Pipe Dream Payoff
Gambling plays on at least two human universals: the urge to get something for nothing and the difficulty of giving up that dream, no matter how high the stakes or the odds against it.

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