wasting time in an intelligent way! corsinet.com for humor, trivia, quotations and miscellaneous other good stuff

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!

Our collections:

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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30 November 2006

Picture History: Clothing & Dress
Stories behind pictures from the past.

29 November 2006

Work at Home Scams
From the Better Business Bureau: descriptions of common work-at-home scams and typical advertisements for these scams. Includes tips for avoiding fraud, signs of work-at-home scammers, and tips about what to do if you become a victim of a work-at-home scheme.

28 November 2006

Japanese Food
Once known in the west either in the form of "sukiyaki" or the more exotic "sushi," Japanese cuisine has in recent years become much more familiar and appreciated around the world.

27 November 2006

Kitchen Medicine Book
Discover the healing power of everyday kitchen foods like honey in this healing foods exploration written by Kelly Joyce Neff. In this free online book, you'll learn the healing secrets of salt, garlic, cayenne and a number of culinary herbs.

26 November 2006

How to Buy Nothing
Here is how you resist the urge to splurge.

25 November 2006

Speaking of extravagant purchases:

NC Luxury Mountain Home and Equestrian Estate, on sale now, at eBay, for US $4,000,000.

mockmickey art 1 of a kind handmade redback cabinet, on sale now at eBay, for US $6,000,000.00

306ct Columbian Emerald and Diamond Pendant, on sale now at eBay, for US $1,075,250.00

81.98ct Emerald Cut Loose Diamond, on sale now, at eBay, US $12,000,000.00

24 November 2006

Brilliant Minds Forecast the Next 50 Years
What will be the biggest breakthrough of the next 50 years? As part of New Scientist's 50th anniversary celebrations they asked over 70 of the world's most brilliant scientists for their ideas.

23 November 2006

Ah! on Thanksgiving day, when from East and from West,
From North and from South, come the pilgrim and guest,
When the gray-haired New Englander sees round his board
The old broken links of affection restored,
When the care-wearied man seeks his mother once more,
And the worn matron smiles where the girl smiled before.
What moistens the lip and what brightens the eye?
What calls back the past, like the rich Pumpkin pie?
~ ~ John Greenleaf Whittier

22 November 2006

The Truth About Food Expiration Dates
Since the "spinach scare", food safety is foremost on the minds of grocery shoppers nationwide. Dates on labels? Here's what you need to know.

21 November 2006

Our third anniversary!
We started the corsinet.com "Great Links" on November 21, 2003. Since then, we've found 1,789 entries of fun, entertaining, unusual, informative and bizarre ways to waste time.

Cooking For Engineers
Have an analytical mind? Like to cook? This is the site to read!

20 November 2006

Messy Beast Historical Photos
Some of the images on these pages come from old books and show the way we interacted with animals between the 1890s and 1930s as well as some views of life in that less hurried age. Other photos are from open air shows and museums and show farm machinery, country crafts, steam engines, historical planes and more. There are also a few recent animal photos.

19 November 2006

50 Most Powerful Women in Business 2006
Fortune Magazine's annual ranking of America's leading businesswomen.

18 November 2006

The Gem and Diamond Foundation
The Gem and Diamond Foundation is a non profit organization which promotes the unique designs of individual gemcutters, jewelry designers and goldsmiths. All work shown is one-of-a-kind or "limited edition" gem cuts and jewelry designs.

17 November 2006

Woot.com is an online store which sells one item per day until it is sold out or until 11:59pm central time when it is replaced.

16 November 2006

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) labels and other material for over 1,200 approved prescription drugs. Searchable, or browse by drug name.

15 November 2006

Spider Bites
All spiders have some amount of venom with varying degrees of potency. Fortunately, most spiders are not dangerous to humans because their fangs are either too short or too fragile to penetrate human skin.

14 November 2006

The New York Times > Best Illustrated Books
A slideshow with illustrationstaken from the Book Review's choices of the 10 best illustrated children's books of 2006. Every year since 1952, The New York Times Book Review has made these selections from the thousands of children's books published that year.

13 November 2006

The best and worst drinks
Smoothies, fitness waters, herb-infused juices, coffee combos, energy drinks--the thirst for new specialty drinks seems almost unquenchable. But waistlines in the U.S. are expanding along with exotic drink choices. Calorie intake is up as much as 15 percent in the last 20 years, and about half of the extra calories comes from sweetened drinks.

12 November 2006

Sears Homes 1908-1914
From 1908–1940, Sears, Roebuck and Company sold more than 100,000 homes through their mail-order Modern Homes program. Over that time Sears designed 447 different housing styles, from the elaborate multi-story Ivanhoe, with its elegant French doors and art glass windows, to the simpler Goldenrod, which served as a quaint, three-room and no-bath cottage for summer vacationers.

11 November 2006

Gloomy Sunday - The Legend of the Most Dangerous Song in the World
According to the New York Times 'Gloomy Sunday' has caused more deaths than any other song - over a hundred suicides - leading to the song being banned in the UK, the US and France.

10 November 2006

Top 10 Mysterious Diseases
There are many sicknesses doctors can cure with the swish of a pen across prescription pad. But for all we understand now about some illnesses, there are even more that still stump the pros, confound the public and rage on uncontested.

9 November 2006

At the Hong Kong Food Studio, opened in June at a cost of $2 million, McDonald's develops menu items in a relatively modest cooking space the company likes to call "The Forbidden Kitchen" after China's historic Forbidden City.

8 November 2006

I hate winter. How can I make the next four months better than they would be otherwise?

7 November 2006

Political Donations of US Billionaires
Federal Campaign Contributions Since 1978


7 November 2006

Some Moral Dilemmas
A list of 14 moral dilemmas, mostly adapted from Moral Reasoning, by Victor Grassian (Prentice Hall, 1981, 1992), with a couple additions.

6 November 2006

At Home in Renaissance Italy
London's Victoria & Albert Museum's exhibition provides an innovative three-dimensional view of the Italian Renaissance home, presented as object-filled spaces that bring the period to life.

5 November 2006

15 Fun Facts about Animal Crackers
Animal-shaped cookies have been around since the early 1800s in Europe. It’s actually believed that the first appearance of the classic cookie was made in England.

4 November 2006

Ancient Pompeii brothel open again
A luxurious brothel that once entertained wealthy clients in Pompeii has been opened as a visitor attraction after painstaking restoration.

3 November 2006

Tetris: A History
Tetris is one of the few games that achieves ultimate popularity. It is remarkably simple, yet remarkably difficult. It's been ported to every computer and game console known to man, and has sold millions of cartridges, tapes, and disks across the land.

2 November 2006

Storybook England
Once upon a time ... in a magical land not so far away, there lived a Magic Bookcase, its shelves were filled with wonderful [children's] stories ...

1 November 2006



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Doing Nothing
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The Last Days of Dead Celebrities
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proof positive
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