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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 30, 2007

Ancient Indus Civilization of Ancient India and Pakistan
The greater Indus region was home to the largest of the four ancient urban civilizations of Egypt, Mesopotamia, South Asia and China. It was not discovered until the 1920's. Most of its ruins, even its major cities, remain to be excavated.

June 29, 2007

Authentic Shopping Guide @ National Geographic Traveler
Nothing captures travel memories as well as an authentic, handmade item that represents a country's history or heritage.

June 28, 2007

Mummy Identified As Egyptian Female Ruler, Queen Hatshepsut
Egyptian authorities have identified a mummy found a century ago as the remains of Queen Hatshepsut, one of ancient Egypt's few women pharaohs and one of its most mysterious rulers.

June 27, 2007

Is the search for aliens such a good idea?
We've been trying to make contact with aliens for years. Now the day is fast approaching when we might finally succeed. But will our extraterrestrial friends come in peace? Or will they want to eat us?

June 26, 2007

Amber Room - Mysteries of History
It vanished in the wake of World War II–an 11-foot-square hall walled with amber and other semiprecious stones and worth $142 million in today's dollars.

June 25, 2007

Weblog by the mother of a child who is severely allergic to several different foods, and also suffers from pet, drug, indoor and seasonal allergies.

June 24, 2007

The Worst Jobs in Science 2007
Popular Science Magazine's annual bottom-10 list, in which they salute the men and women who do what no salary can adequately reward.

June 23, 2007

Antikythera Mechanism
D iscovered in the Antikythera wreck off the Greek island of Antikythera, it has been dated to about 150-100 BC. It is especially notable for being a technological artifact with no known predecessor or successor; other machines using technology of such complexity would not appear until the 18th century.

June 22, 2007

Fifteen Household Uses for Table Salt
Thousands of years ago salt was a valuable commodity and was used in place of money. Salt was given to the parents of the groom until the 8th century and by the 12th century it was sold for it's weight in gold. Salt has been used for many things through the years and in many ways but in our day we know it mostly for it's ability to enhance the flavor of our food.

June 21, 2007

Summer Solstice: How and Why Seasons Change
In the Northern Hemisphere, summer will officially begin at the solstice, on Thursday, June 21 at 2:06 p.m. EDT (11:06 a.m. PDT). The sun will reach the point where it's furthest north of the celestial equator. Summer officially begins in the Northern Hemisphere and winter begins for the Southern Hemisphere.

June 20, 2007

Dwarfs in the Arts
Long before any writing appeared about dwarfs, they could be found in artwork created in every culture and in every time period. Images of dwarfs were plentiful in the ancient world, in the stone carvings and sculptures of Egypt, the vases of Greece, and the stone reliefs of India.


June 19, 2007

June 18, 2007

History Of Wedding Traditions & Customs
explore all the wonderful old wedding tradition's that have evolved over the years. You may even find one or two old traditions that you will want to keep on your special day...

June 17, 2007

Illinois' Best Plants
This Chicago Botanic Garden site will help you determine the best plants for your garden.

June 16, 2007

Back of the Box Recipes
Collection of recipes that have appeared on the back of boxes, cans and packages. Search for your favorite or submit one of your own.

June 15, 2007

Things That Are Not In the U.S. Constitution
A lot of people presume a lot of things about the Constitution. Some are true, some are not. This page details some of the things that people think are in the Constitution, but are not.

June 14, 2007

Ancient Rome comes back to life in virtual model
"Rome Reborn" shows the city at its peak in 320 AD, under the Emperor Constantine when it had grown to a million inhabitants.

June 13, 2007

A Diamond's Deep History
Discover how diamonds were formed 2 to 3 billion years ago, more than 100 miles beneath the earth.

June 12, 2007

The Chicago Outfit
The Mafia in Chicago

June 11, 2007

Secrets of Ancient Pompeii Households Revealed in Ruins
Excavating a neighborhood block that includes one of Pompeii's grandest mansions, scientists have recently shed a lot more light on the day-to-day tasks undertaken by its citizens.

June 10, 2007

A blog by Chicago Reader web editor Whet Moser

June 9, 2007

Masters of Darkness
Who were the most notorious individuals ever to walk the earth?

June 8, 2007

The Surprising Realities of Mythical Creatures
An exhibition at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in New York traces the possible origins of some of the world's most famous "imaginary" beasts and also their lesser-known counterparts.

June 7, 2007

20 Things You Didn't Know About... Bees
Amazing little creatures.

June 6, 2007

Useless Body Parts
Modern genomics research has revealed that our DNA carries broken genes for things that seem as though they might be useful, like odor receptors for a bloodhound’s sense of smell or enzymes that once enabled us to make our own vitamin C. In a few million years, humans may very well have shed a few more odd features. So look now before they’re gone.

June 5, 2007

British Wildlife Recordings
Listen to over 600 recordings of wildlife from around the UK.

June 4, 2007

Cities of the Underworld
In major cities all around the world today, skyscrapers loom overhead, taxis honk their horns and street vendors peddle their wares. But below lays city upon city - each with its fascinating and unknown history.

June 3, 2007

Brief History of Tuberculosis
Mycobacterium tuberculosis has been present in the human population since antiquity - fragments of the spinal column from Egyptian mummies from 2400 BCE show definite pathological signs of tubercular decay.

June 2, 2007

Academic Costume Code & Ceremony Guide
Historical overview and description of current standards for academic dress at college graduations. Describes appropriate gowns, hood, caps, and other apparel for those receiving bachelor's degrees and associate's degrees.

June 1, 2007

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