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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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October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween!


October 30, 2007

Britain's 10 most haunted historic homes
If your idea of a happy Halloween is being frightened out of your skin, the National Trust is happy to oblige.It has released a list of its ten most-haunted properties, guaranteed to chill the spine.


October 29, 2007

Halloween Tips from the National Crime Prevention Council
Although children look forward to tricks, treats, and ghoulish garb, Halloween can be fraught with fright for parents, with candy given to their kids by strangers and a legion of masked and costumed trick-or-treaters at the door. However, following a few safety tips can ensure safe fun for kids and candy-givers alike.


October 28, 2007


October 27, 2007


October 26, 2007

The Raw Truth about Sushi
The ancient precursor of sushi would probably be unrecognizable to the modern diner. Raw fish was packed in jars with layers of rice and fermented for weeks, like pungent cheese. These days, of course, sushi is as innocuous as a Big Mac, and just as ubiquitous.


October 25, 2007

Edible Flowers
Flowers have traditionally been used in many types of cooking: European, Asian, East Indian, Victorian English, and Middle Eastern. Early American settlers also used flowers as food. Today, there is a renewed interest in edible flowers for their taste, color, and fragrance. Edible flowers can be used fresh as a garnish or as an integral part of a dish, such as a salad.


October 24, 2007

Nursery Rhymes - Lyrics and Origins
Many of the words and lyrics of nursery rhymes were used to parody the royal and political events of the day. Direct dissent would often be punishable by death. Strange how these events in history are still portrayed through children's nursery rhymes, when for most of us the historical events relationship to the nursery rhymes themselves are long forgotten.


October 23, 2007


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October 20, 2007

Medicinal Uses Of 22 Common Spices
Herbs and spices for natural healing - We've gotten away from natural healing but we are coming back again when we read about all the affects medicines are causing.


October 19, 2007


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October 16, 2007

Amazing Photos of Castles, Palaces, and Chateaux
A showcase of some of the incredible architectural designs of the castles and palaces that were constructed in various centuries. Most of the photographs have been artistically enhanced (HDR) by the original photographer or later by the mentioned artist. Some are absolutley amazing.


October 15, 2007


October 14, 2007

50 Fun Facts About Credit Cards
Fascinating facts about credit cards.


October 13, 2007


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October 11, 2007

The Adventures of La Maupin
Mlle. Maupin, 17th century French swordswoman, adventuress and opera star, was like something out of a novel by Dumas or Sabatini, except for two things. First she was real, and second few authors would have attributed her exploits to a woman.


October 10, 2007


October 9, 2007

Black Madonnas
Black Madonnas are found all over Europe, especially in France, the most famous ones being at Chartres in France, Czestochowa in Poland and Montserrat in Spain.

October 8, 2007

List of misleading food names
Many foods have misleading names that purport to indicate either their origin or ingredients, or both, while actually doing neither. Some of these are cultural put-downs of a sort, while others are simply imaginative or muddled thinking. Foods named for famous places may have no connection with them. Some food names have been mistranslated from their original language. Many cuisines have fanciful names for dishes, but no one eating them is deceived. This list is of greyer areas.


October 7, 2007


October 6, 2007

Making a Scarecrow
Making a scarecrow is great fun and can add to the appearance of the garden, as well as keep the birds away. The appearance and personality of your scarecrow is only limited by your imagination.


October 5, 2007

Magic (illusion)
The word "Magic" is derived from the Old Persian Magi. Performances we would recognize as conjuring have probably been practiced throughout history.


October 4, 2007

A Tangled Journey Home
Priceless artifacts return to Italy and Greece, but their histories remain lost.


October 3, 2007


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