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.
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Totally silly ways to waste
Soup: KFC at one time stood for Kentucky Fried Chicken. Until
1991, when dieting trends had made "fried" a dirty cuss,
and the plan was to banish it from view. Voila: KFC is now "kitchen
fresh chicken." (via j-walk)
BTW - try saying "kitchen fresh chicken" 3 times as quick as you can.
|28 june||Beginning in the late sixteenth century, it became fashionable for young aristocrats to visit Paris, Venice, Florence, and above all Rome, as the culmination of their classical education. Thus was born the idea of the Grand Tour, a practice which introduced Englishmen, Germans, Scandinavians, and also Americans to the art and culture of France and Italy for the next 300 years.|
|27 june||June Jackson created Hints and Things to provide some of the information that used to be passed down from generation to generation. There is a vast collection of hints and tips on a variety of subjects; explanations of basic cooking, knitting, sewing, and gardening terms; advice on cutting costs etc. In fact, these are the things you might ask your mum, dad, gran or grandad. Add to this games, brain teasers, daily quotes and, hopefully, it is a site that is not only useful and informative but also enjoyable.|
|26 june||"They butchered me back there, I
was in a lot of pain. They cut me in the groin; they cut me in the
leg. I was bleeding profusely. This is not an execution, it is murder.
" Last words of Bennie Demps, Executed by injection, Florida,
June 8, 2000.
Last words at execution
shields, slowly polished by traffic and sunshine
|24 june||Sure, you've been following the low carb hoohah that dominates our every waking minute. But do you really know your stuff?|
|23 june||"Fahrenheit 9/11 is a sinister exercise in moral frivolity, crudely disguised as an exercise in seriousness. It is also a spectacle of abject political cowardice masking itself as a demonstration of "dissenting" bravery." - Hitch, telling it like it is, in Slate. It's a tour de force, and reminds me that Moore is beneath contempt. Meanwhile, Moore is threatening to sue anyone who criticizes his movie for libel. Shafer eggs him on." (via Daily Dish)|
According to the Death Clock, my day of death is Friday, May 31, 2041.
I'm starting my list of 100 things to do before I die.
Today is Summer Solstice. In the Northern Hemisphere the longest day and shortest night of the year occur on this date, marking the beginning of summer. Summer Solstice and Midsummer Night are ancient holidays which are still celebrated in some parts of the world.
This might be a good day to read "A Midsummer Night's Dream" by William Shakespeare.
|20 june||The still pose is called a "Phoon." People from around the world send in Phoon pictures from their home towns and their travels. You can, too! Phoons from Around the World is in 9 languages and contains 1280 Phoon pictures from 48 countries.|
|19 june||The Pepto Bismol Dance is probably the most disgusting commercial currently on TV. Nausea, heartburn, indigestion, upset stomach, diarrhea. Hey Pepto Bismol!|
|18 june||We highly recommend The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America. This is a true story of Daniel H. Burnham, the architect responsible for the fair's construction, and H.H. Holmes, a serial killer masquerading as a charming doctor during the period of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair. The book is full of well documented facts and nostalgia about Chicago the way it used to be.|
On June 17th, every year, the Diego Golberg family goes through a private ritual: they photograph themselves to stop a fleeting moment, the arrow of time passing by.
Sick, sick, sick ... Forget the convertible. A boob job is the latest must-have on your teen daughter's graduation list.
The number of 18-year-olds who underwent breast-implant surgery nearly tripled last year — from 3,872 in 2002 to 11,326 in 2003, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. (NYPost) (saved text)
|15 june||A couple of comments about affairs in
the Middle East:
Daddy, why did we have to attack Iraq?
My apology to the Arab world.
|14 june||Logee's Greenhouses super summer savings of up to 40% on popular plants for the garden, porch and patio. [We've ordered several times from this company and have been very satisfied with the quality of their plants.]|
|13 june||Choose a sound and image experience to relax or work by. You can run iSerenity in a browser window while you are working on something else.|
|12 june||Here's an idea: after cremation, you can have the ashes of your family member or pet incorporated into works of art. Eternally Yours even issues a Certificate of Authenticity to verify that the cremains in your frame are indeed those of your loved one.|
|11 june||Leo Burnett is an advertising agency which produces some of the most memorable print and film ad campaigns of all time. I think "Snapshot" is my all time favorite. No, maybe it's "Sign." But this one is good, too.|
|10 june||Ancient bodies collide with modern technology to produce a flabby, disease-ridden populace. The Way We Eat Now is an excellent article about human eating habits, why our society is so overweight and why it's so difficult to lose those pounds.|
|9 june||Everyone complains when the price of gasoline goes up, but it remains one of the cheapest liquids available for sale. Here are 47 liquids and their prices, in order, from cheapest to most expensive.|
Did you miss us? We've been away on a lovely Florida vacation!
We started in Coral Gables to visit family, then drove to Sanibel Island, stopping along the way to have lunch in Naples. One of our favorite places in the world, Sanibel Island is the best place anywhere to collect seashells, bird watch, and collect more seashells. At least once per visit, we drive to the neighboring island of Captiva to eat at the Bubble Room.
A visit to Cape Coral was one of the reasons for this vacation - we searched for several hours to find land we own there. Then, on to Orlando for business meetings and some excellent discount shopping at the outlet stores.
|2 june||Although not previously listed in our "When there's extra time" links, Apothecary's Drawer Weblog, an eclectic look at topics near the triple point of science, arts, and culture, is an excellent web site that deserves frequent visits.|
The Shuar first came to worldwide attention in the late 19th Century for their custom of head hunting and shrinking the heads to the size of an orange. head-hunter.com explains who, why, where and how this unusual tradition came to be.
|31 may||Totally silly ways to waste
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