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!
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.
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
Collections is a huge resource about Chicago. A little history, some
quotations and song lyrics, and links to great Chicago area attractions.
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.
is Tony's artwork. He doesn't sell it & doesn't answer his email,
so don't even bother.
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.
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
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
Insect Net - The Network for Insect Collectors
The purpose of this site is to provide a meeting place for entomologists, insect
collectors, insect hobbyists and craftspeople, traders, and dealers. All invertebrate
October 27, 2007
The Virtual Jewish History Tour - Budapest
since 1873, Budapest, united the towns of Buda, Obuda and Pest, each
with it's own Jewish community and history. Today, Budapest has one
of Eastern Europe's largest Jewish communities with a population of
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
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
Bog Bodies Photo Gallery
Using CT scans and radiocarbon dating, investigators hope to make sense
of the bodies preserved in Europe’s wetlands.
October 22, 2007
Candy & Chocolate
A side-by-side comparison of almost 70 of the most popular chocolate
bars, chewy fruit candy, chocolate candy, and hard and powdered candy
from Hershey's, Nestle, Mars and more to see how they all stack up
against each other in terms of their nutritional content and ingredients.
Also included at the end are some guidelines for helping you decide
which to eat and which to avoid.
October 21, 2007
The top 10 hand gestures you'd better get right
Anybody remember when George H W Bush tried to signal ‘peace’ during
a visit to Australia in the 90s by giving a huge crowd the time-honoured
two-fingered salute? Though he didn’t know it at the time, he was
actually telling the whole crowd to go screw themselves - and all because
he made the seemingly innocuous error that his palm was facing inwards
instead of outwards.
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
Trial of Galileo Galilei
In the 1633 trial of Galileo Galilei, two worlds come into cosmic conflict. Galileo's
world of science and humanism collides with the world of Scholasticism
and absolutism that held power in the Catholic Church. The result
is a tragedy that marks both the end of Galileo's liberty and the end
of the Italian Renaissance.
Photos of Castles, Palaces, and Chateaux
A showcase of some of the incredible architectural designs of
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
The Green Fairy
A secretive drink, with its own slang and complex method of preparation,
it was the favored drink of artists, poets and all sorts of other un-nationalistic
types. Much to the chagrin of the wine industry French workers were even
abandoning wine in favor of the anise based beverage.
The World's Wackiest Holidays
From the largest annual tomato fight in Spain, to Scotland's "Up
Helly-Aa" fire festival, a look at those special days when people
around the world go slightly nuts.
October 12, 2007
The Caves of Budapest
Budapest is the only Capital in the world with show caves right in
the middle of the city! It was even named after the caves. The castle
of today stands on Gellért Hill, a limestone
hill riddled with caves. When city was conquered by the Magyars from
Asia, they saw a hill with a huge hole and many caves inside. Their own
language had no word for cave, so they borrowed the Slavic word pest from
the locals. They named what is now Gellért Hill buda
October 11, 2007
The Adventures of La 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
The Mom Song
"The Mom" song, sung to the William Tell Overture, by Anita Renfroe.
What a mom says in 24 hours, condensed into 2 minutes
and 55 seconds
October 9, 2007
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.
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
The word "Magic" is derived from the Old Persian Magi.
Performances we would recognize as conjuring have probably been practiced
On October 8th, 1871, the small Wisconsin logging town of Peshtigo was
consumed by one of the most severe and woefully under-reported fires in
October 2, 2007
7 Underground Wonders of the World
What motivates humankind to burrow deep into the Earth? From London to
Paris, Budapest to Moscow, the USA to Australia, here are seven of
the most amazing examples in the world.
October 1, 2007
Just in case you can't get enough Brad Pitt gossip from all the other