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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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Andrea Doria Sinking 50 Years On
Before its fateful last voyage 50 years ago, the Andrea Doria had already crossed the Atlantic 100 times, plying the Genova-New York route. The ship was 100 nautical miles from New York Harbor, in the waters off Nantucket, when it collided with the 13,000-ton Swedish liner Stockholm and sank on July 26, 1956.

July 28

Thousands of victims concentrated in Texas, California and Florida claim to be afflicted by the debilitating malady, for which there is no known cause and no certain cure.

July 27

Bird's Eye View of Famous Homes
Ozzy, Hef, and the Cunninghams 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.

July 26

July 25

The Gentleman's Page
The Gentleman's Page is a resource for those who wish to look and act like; or perhaps better understand, the 19th Century American man. It is intended to help costumers, theatrical performers, museum docents, reenactors and anyone with an interest in the life of 19th Century America.

July 24

Arborsmith Studios- Growing trees into forests of ideas
Tour Arborsmith Studios, where where houses are planted, chairs are watered, tables are pruned and fences grow taller and stronger as the years sail past.

July 23

Pirates! Facts & Legend
It appears that the word pirate (peirato) was first used in about 140 BC by the Roman historian Polybius. The Greek historian Plutarch, writing in about 100 A.D., gave the oldest clear definition of piracy. He described pirates as those who attack without legal authority not only ships, but also maritime cities.

July 22

The Wealth of Kings: Masterpiece Persian Carpets
“The Wealth of Kings: Masterpiece Persian Carpets” focuses attention on a number of early carpets made during the golden age of Persian Carpet production, circa 1450-1650. Scanning through these photographs one cannot help but marvel at the beautiful designs, splendid colors and be impressed by the great artistic and technical achievement these weavings represent.

July 21

The Lost Colony
In 1587, over 100 men, women and children journeyed from England to Roanoke Island on North Carolina's coast and established the first English settlement in America. Within three years, they had vanished with scarcely a trace.

July 20

Bejeweled by Tiffany
The most comprehensive exhibition of Tiffany jewellery ever mounted, Bejewelled by Tiffany, 1837-1987, will introduce Great Britain to the rich history of the jewellery of Tiffany & Co. Some 180 glittering pieces from the Tiffany Archive, together with a small selection of jewels loaned from private collections, will chronicle Tiffany's first 150 years. Many of these works have never before been on public display.

July 19

Top 10 most expensive cars in the world
T he list of 10 most expensive cars in the world. At the top of the list is of course the legendary Bugatti Veyron, most expensive, most powerful, and fastest production car in the world.

July 18

ALSO read
this great article
which tells of 17,000 residents, mostly poor peasant farmers, who were forced by the government to evacuate in the early 1950s after Italian artist and writer Carlo Levi published an account of the squalid living conditions where they lived, not in regular houses, but in thousands-of-years-old cave dwellings called the sassi.

July 17

July 16

Photography of the Unexpected and Neglected Architecture
Many cities keep traces of the glorious past, but numerous unexpected monuments are today on the way to rot, the worth being destroyed.

July 15

July 14

The Queen of Trees
It may be one of nature's oddest couples: a tiny wasp that can barely be seen, and a giant fig tree, the sycomore, which shelters a remarkable menagerie of wildlife among its limbs. The wasp and the fig depend on each other for survival. Without the wasp, the tree could not pollinate its flowers and produce seeds. Without the fig, the wasp would have nowhere to lay its eggs.

July 13

Weird Chicago
10 enchanting eccentricities that make Chicago unlike anyplace else.

July 12

Castles Society
The mission of the Castles Society to make sure that the historic environment of castles around the world is properly maintained and cared for. They aim to help people understand and appreciate why the historic buildings and landscapes around them matter.

July 11

The Urban Etiquette Handbook
New rules for getting along in an endlessly wired, ruthlessly crowded, sexually libertarian city.

July 10

Newgrange Stone Age passage-tomb, Co. Meath, Ireland
Newgrange is one of the best examples in Ireland and in Western Europe, of a type of monument known to archaeologists as a passage-grave or passage-tomb.

July 9

Illegal Drugs Identification Chart: What They Look Like & How to Recognize Their Effects
Knowing what illegal drugs look like, their effects on those that use them and how they are administered can benefit virtually everyone - especially parents, grandparents, teachers and school administrators, and anyone who cares for teens and children.

July 8

Emerson and Green, "Heaven is a Hotel"
In the heart of the Stone Town of Zanzibar, a beautifully restored palace - once the home of one of the richest men in the Swahili Empire - recreates the atmosphere and grandeur of the past.
Photos by Remi Benali.

July 7

Universal Leonardo: Leonardo da Vinci online
Universal Leonardo is a programme aimed at deepening our understanding of Leonardo da Vinci through a series of European exhibitions, scientific research and web-based resources.

July 6

Extinction of the Passenger Pigeons
Passenger Pigeons (Ectopistes Migratorius) were once so numerous that by some estimates they outnumbered all the rest of the birds in North America combined. The swift birds were capable of flying in excess of 60 miles per hour, and frequently migrated hundreds of miles in search of suitable grounds for nesting and feeding. Yet their speed and mobility were no match for the advancing settlers of 19th-century America. In less than a century, the most numerous bird on the planet was completely eliminated from the wild by a ruthless campaign of eradication.

July 5

The Big Bang: How Fireworks Became the World's Most Popular Explosive
The invention of fireworks can be traced back several thousand years ago to ancient China, around the time of the Han Dynasty (206-220 BC). During that period, it was discovered that when rods of bamboo were lit on fire, they began to crackle and eventually exploded with an astonishingly loud sound.

July 4

Unusual Hotels of the World
Unusual Hotels of the World offers 'experiential' hotels. Staying there is worth the trip, which will often be long and arduous, and delivers the guest a memorable and hopefully enjoyable experience. Some are luxurious, some are not, and throughout the guide you will find a range of choices to suit the budgets of every traveller.

July 3

The Little Girl Giant :: Horseguards Parade in London
On the morning of Sunday 7th May the little girl giant woke up at Horseguards Parade in London, took a shower from the time-traveling elephant and wandered off to play in the park.

July 2

The Hunt Continues for the Holy Grail of Gardening: A Red Iris
Irises are among the easiest flowers to propagate, and growers everywhere have sought to put their own spin on them, offering an array of elaborate blooms in virtually every color of the rainbow. Except one: red.

July 1

Pictures of England
A unique website exploring the most beautiful towns, villages and countryside of England with countless photographs of the most beautiful and historically interesting places in England to visit.

June 30



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