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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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June 29

Legendary Lighthouses
The earliest lighthouses were simply bonfires built on hillsides to guide ships. The first light served the old world city of Alexandria in 285 B.C. The first American light came to life in 1716 at Boston Harbor.

June 28

A collection of travel journals, diaries and photos from around the world.

June 27

June 26

Orchid and the Rose
A beautiful short animation directed by Mark Benard and Dennis Tal. Two seeds sprout side by side, an orchid and a rose, the beginning of a tragic love story.

June 25

To See and Not See
What happens when an adult who has been blind since childhood suddenly has his vision restored? The experience of Virgil, a fifty-year-old Oklahoman who regained his sight after forty-five years, raises questions about perception that have haunted philosophers and scientists for centuries.

June 24

Behind the Scenes at Disney World
Did you even know you could peek behind the curtains at Disney World? They do almost nothing to promote these stunning backstage ops. But in fact, any civilian willing to pony up $12 to $199 can ogle a bit of what goes on within one of the most painstakingly designed, constructed and managed patches of all human civilization.

June 23

Online Spelling Test
Take the spelling quizzes to find out how bad of a speller you really are.
Then compare your results with others who have taken the same quiz.

June 22

June 21

More of your information than you think might be online
Government Web sites often display Social Security numbers. If you are worried about a thief stealing your identity, it's not your wallet that needs guarding -- it's your state and local governments.

June 20

The Human Parade
A new Weegee exhibition at New York City's International Center for Photography showcases over 100 of his rarely seen images.

June 19

The Celebrity 100 - Forbes.com
Only a combination of earnings and sizzle will land a celebrity a coveted spot on Forbes' Celebrity 100 list of the most powerful names in the business.

June 18

Video: David Attenborough: The Lyrebird
In April 2006, to celebrate naturalist David Attenborough's 80th birthday, the public were asked to vote on their favourite of his television moments. This clip of the lyrebird was voted number one. A Lyrebird is either of two species of ground-dwelling Australian birds, most notable for their extraordinary ability to mimic natural and artificial sounds from their environment.

June 17

Who Was Mary Magdalene?
The whole history of western civilization is epitomized in the cult of Mary Magdalene. For many centuries the most obsessively revered of saints, this woman became the embodiment of Christian devotion, which was defined as repentance.

June 16

Planning our September/October trip to Hungary ...

The Worst of Hungary
Pestiside's guide to nastiest places, ickiest things, worst trends and skankiest people in the Hungarian capital.

June 15

Domus Aurea
After the Great Fire of Rome in 64 AD, the Roman Emperor Nero took advantage of the space where many buildings had burned down to build himself a new palace right in the middle of downtown Rome, which he called the Golden House (Domus Aurea).

June 14

Whale Rescue Team: Peter Wallerstein
Since his first rescue in 1984, Wallerstein has dedicated his every waking moment to saving the injured sea creatures along LA county’s very diverse coastline. From San Pedro to Santa Monica, Peter is the man to call whenever whales, sea lions, seals, dolphins and sea birds are in trouble.

June 13

Westminster Abbey - House of God and House of Kings
An architectural masterpiece of the 13th to 16th centuries, Westminster Abbey also presents a unique pageant of British history – the shrine of St Edward the Confessor, the tombs of kings and queens, and countless memorials to the famous and the great. It has been the setting for every Coronation since 1066 and for numerous other royal occasions.

June 12

Guide to Frost
Frost crystals grow from water vapor in the air, just like snow crystals (see the Snowflake Primer). But while snow crystals form on suspended dust particles high in the clouds, frost crystals form near the ground -- on window panes, blades of grass, or just about any other solid surface.

June 11

Magic Mushrooms
Whether wild or cultivated, familiar white button or exotic newcomer, there is more to mushrooms than meets the eye.

June 10

Driven to extinction: Who killed the Dodo?
For such an iconic animal, it seems strange that we know next to nothing about the dodo - except, of course, that it is dead. We don't know how it lived, what it ate, how many eggs it sat on or even whether it was fat or thin.

But that could all change with a scientific expedition just begun in Mauritius, the remote island in the Indian Ocean where the dodo lived for millions of years before being driven to extinction in the late 17th century, just 80 years after it was sighted by European sailors.

June 9

American Terra Cotta
The history of the American Terra Cotta Corporation (1881-1966), which primarily produced terra cotta tiles and embellishments for building exteriors and interiors.

June 8

Cenacolo - Leonardo's Last Supper
Details about Leonardo Da Vinci's painting "The Last Supper," which is located in the refectory of the Church and Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan.

June 7

Marine turtles
Sea turtles, air-breathing reptiles with streamlined bodies and large flippers, are well adapted to life in the marine environment. They inhabit tropical and subtropical ocean waters throughout the world. Of the seven species of sea turtles, six are found in U.S. waters.

June 6

Drake's Plate -- the end of the mystery?
For years, California schoolchildren were taught that a brass marker discovered in 1936 was Sir Francis Drake's "Plate of Brasse," recording the California coastal landing in 1579 of the English explorer and his ship, the Golden Hinde.
That was the case until 1977 ...

June 5

Father's Day is June 18
From the U.S. Census Bureau, facts and statistics about fathers, fatherhood, and Father's Day. Topics include a brief history of the holiday, popular Father's Day gifts, and statistics about stay-at-home and single dads.

June 4

10 Things To Make You Want to Puke
F oods that one eats and enjoys are culture based and the love of sushi, kimchi, and a rare steak are cultivated based on where you were raised, but some things are just plain disgusting ...

June 3

The Extreme Diet Coke & Mentos Experiments:
What happens when you combine 200 liters of Diet Coke and over 500 Mentos mints? It's amazing and completely insane.

June 2

How Much Do You Know About the World?
Can you name the world's most spoken primary language? The largest consumer of oil? The most heavily fortified border on the planet? The current population of the U.S.?

June 1

Actors in Character
Photographer Howard Schatz asks an array of character actors to do what they do best.

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