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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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August 31

The Danube's Green Waltz
At the end of its 1,771-mile journey across Europe, the mighty Danube River frays into myriad channels, marshes, swamps and lakes edged by waterlogged willow trees. To see the delta is proof that the meandering river has never lost heart.

August 29

Dangerous Beauty: The Art of the Shiv
A shiv is a weapon crafted from the limited resources of a prisoner’s closed world. Crudely constructed from such things as spoons, shoelaces and upholstery tacks, shivs lie somewhere between the graceful and the grotesque. They’re primitive, too — like outsider art, but produced deep on the inside.

August 28

A meeting of civilisations: The mystery of China's celtic mummies
The discovery of European corpses thousands of miles away suggests a hitherto unknown connection between East and West in the Bronze Age.

August 27

Florida's Felonious Fogeys
Who could have imagined that the Sunshine State was filled with so many elderly cons, senior citizens who haven't let advanced age get in the way of committing serious crimes.

August 25

The Global Student Animation Awards
Stash Magazine is very proud to present the winners of the 2006 Global Student Animation Awards. The three category winners and runners-up were selected from among hundreds of entries by an international panel of 16 judges from all parts of the animation, vfx and motion design industry.

August 23

Six Horrifying Parasites
When it comes to parasites, it’s all about perspective. You may call a lifetime of growing and feeding off another organism lazy, but we call it opportunistic. In fact, these life-sucking go-getters have managed to carve out some of the most ingenious survival strategies in the world. By some estimates, parasites outnumber free-living species nearly four to one. So show some respect. After all, mooching isnt’ as easy as it looks.

August 20

The Food Timeline
Ever wonder what foods the Vikings ate when they set off to explore the new world? How Thomas Jefferson made his ice cream? What the pioneers cooked along the Oregon Trail? Who invented the potato chip...and why?

August 19

Monkey on your back
Given the array of monkey meanings and functions within Western culture, it's not surprising to find man's supposed lesser cousin often captured by the camera. Indeed, the UCR/CMP collections exhibition Monkey on your back artfully reveals myriad monkey signs across a range of photographic practices while also providing a thought provoking and occasionally alarming entry point for thinking about how monkeys rest, cling, tickle, tease, enlighten and clutch to our senses.

August 16

Most dangerous jobs
For many occupations danger is part of the job description. That is made abundantly clear every year when the Bureau of Labor Statistics releases its annual census of fatalities in the workplace.

August 14

Torre Argentina - Roman Cat Sanctuary
1929 was the year the sacred area of Torre Argentina was excavated. This was also the year the history of the cats residency began. Stray and abandoned felines took refuge in the protected area below street level. From 1929 until 1993, the cats were more or less regularly fed by a succession of cat ladies or 'gattare' as they are called condescendingly by the Romans.

August 13

Paper of Record
Paper of Record is an historical archive of full-page newspaper images that you can search for unique coverage of past events.

August 12

Good Stuff? - A Behind-the-Scenes Guide to the Things We Buy
Have you ever wondered where chocolate comes from, if antibacterial soap is good for your family, or how to recycle an old computer? If you've had these or other questions about the environmental and social impacts of the products you buy and use, Good Stuff is for you.

August 11

Men With Breasts: Benign Condition Creates Emotional Scars
Summertime living is not easy for boys and men who suffer from gynecomastia—a surprisingly common condition in which males grow femalelike breasts.

August 10

Murano: The Glass Island
there was a time when the trade of glassblowing--indeed, glassmaking in general--was dominated by an elite group of craftsmen in the Venetian Republic, most notably on the island of Murano.

August 9

How common is your surname in America?
Find out by entering your name into a searchable database of more than 50,000 surnames culled from the Social Security Index.

August 8

The Secret Garden of Ninth Avenue
What is it like to create a garden for a co-op with 600 apartments occupied by your typical opinionated New Yorkers? Most urban landscapes are tiny spaces with a few plants and pots, or a collection of containers on a brick terrace. But the one at Coliseum Park Apartments is 2.5 acres, an unusually large private garden, built over a parking garage that allows for only 18 inches of soil.

August 7

Greatest Trials of All Time: Sacco & Vanzetti
Italian anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were arrested outside Boston in 1920 and charged with robbing and killing a shoe factory paymaster and his guard. Though a prosecutor insisted they would be tried for murder and "nothing else," their radical politics remained a focus of the 1921 trial.

August 6

The Fortunate 50
Are America's richest athletes growing poorer? For the third year in a row, Sports Illustrated and SI.com set out to discover who the 50 top-earning athletes in the U.S. are. And for the third year in a row, they came to the same conclusion: When it comes to the money game, no one even comes close to Tiger Woods, who has a jaw-dropping $97.6 million in earnings.

August 5

World Drug Report
Some 200 million people, or 5 percent of the global population age 15-64, have used illicit drugs at least once in the last 12 months. Among this population are people from almost every country on earth.

August 4

Dog Days of Summer
From the California Museum of Photography, University of California, Riverside. Collection of images exploring the dog as it is represented in photography, video, and film.

August 3

August 2

notstarring.com -- movie trivia
A movie trivia database focusing exclusively on movie stars and the roles they turned down, auditioned for, got fired from, or simply didn't get.

August 1

Truth about islam from an ex-muslim lady
Video of Arab-American psychologist Wafa Sultan. Chilling.

July 31



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A History of the World's Religions
A History of the World's Religions

A History of God: The 4,000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam
A History of God: The 4,000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam

Tucker Malarkey, fiction

the expected one
The Expected One
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Doing Nothing
Doing Nothing : A History of Loafers, Loungers, Slackers, and Bums in America

The Last Days of Dead Celebrities
The Last Days of Dead Celebrities

proof positive
Proof Positive
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never fear
Never Fear
Scott Frost, fiction


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