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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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31 January 2007

Armed America
Portraits of Gun Owners in their Homes

30 January 2007

Tintoretto show opens at Prado Museum
The Prado Museum is unveiling the largest exhibition of 16th-century Italian painter Tintoretto in 70 years. It is one of the most significant shows of his work held outside his native Venice.Jacopo Tintoretto has only had one other solo show — at the Ca' Pesaro gallery in Venice, in 1937.
See Tintoretto's paintings.

29 January 2007

Utterly Outrageous Recipes™
This site is dedicated to the weirdest food people actually eat. If you have a dish you love eating, but your family and friends think it's repulsive, this is your chance to share it with the world...

28 January 2007

Gustav Klimt virtual museum
In this museum, you will find a selection of about 100 works of the painter.

27 January 2007

Smoker's Voice - If Obama stops smoking, will he lose his amazing voice?
Sen. Barack Obama has the sort of voice that political consultants dream of: It's authoritative but comforting, rich and resonant and wise. Whether he's talking about the Darfur genocide or Monday Night Football, the man sounds like a leader.

26 January 2007

The Top 100 most influential figures in American history.
Who are the ­most influential figures in American history? The Atlantic recently asked ten eminent historians. The result was The Atlantic’s Top 100—and some insight into the nature of influence and the contingency of history. Was Walt Disney really more influential than Elizabeth Cady Stanton? Benjamin Spock than Richard Nixon? Elvis Presley than Lewis and Clark? John D. Rockefeller than Bill Gates? Babe Ruth than Frank Lloyd Wright? Let the debates begin.

25 January 2007

100 things we didn't know last year
From the BBC, posted Thursday, 28 December 2006 at 12:22 UK time

24 January 2007

Inaugural Fashion
Amidst the pomp and circumstance surrounding the inaugural ceremony, many Americans eagerly await a glimpse of their first lady's ball gown. It is a tradition that goes back to the earliest celebrations of the new republic.

23 January 2007

47th Street - The Diamond District.
The United States is the world's largest consumer market for diamonds. Over 90 percent of the diamonds that come into this country go through New York City and most of them go through the Diamond District. More than 2,600 independent businesses are located on this block, nearly all of them related to diamonds or jewelry.

22 January 2007

Internet Archive: UCSF Tobacco Industry Videos
The University of California, San Francisco Tobacco Control Archives Multimedia Collection contains audiotapes and videotapes related to the advertising, manufacturing, marketing, sales, and scientific research of tobacco products as well as materials gathered and produced by tobacco control advocates

21 January 2007

Dead End
Capital Punishment: At a Crossroads, or Is This the Exit?

20 January 2007

19 January 2007

The First Crime Family - The Borgias
A strange and bewildering family, the Borgias. Eleven cardinals of the Holy Roman Catholic Church. Three popes. A queen of England. A saint. A family with long tentacles, beginning in the Fourteenth Century in Spain, and reaching through the history of Fifteenth and Sixteenth Century Italy, Spain, and France. Greed, murder, incest. And --- strangely --- piety.

18 January 2007

Life and Death in the White House
This presentation looks at assassination of U.S. presidents and the role of the U.S. Secret Service in protecting presidents. Discusses assassinations and assassination attempts, including Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy, Andrew Jackson, and James A. Garfield. Includes a chart listing all of the assassination attempts and outcomes.

17 January 2007

Heroes and killers of the 20th Century
S hort biographies and background notes on selected world heroes and killers of the 20th century.

16 January 2007

The Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna
The newly constructed museum building in the Vienna Ringstraße was ceremoniously opened in 1891. For the first time, most of the imperial Habsburg collections were housed under one roof, the monumental building itself being conceived as a memorial to Habsburg patronage.

15 January 2007

A Low Impact Woodland Home
A wonderful little house in Wales - it looks like a perfect Hobbit home.

14 January 2007

The Black Death 1346-1353: The Complete History
How and why did the plague, which is still among us, turn into the Black Death? Was the Black Death, in fact, the plague? Could something like it happen again?

13 January 2007

Japan Opens Royal Tombs for Research

12 January 2007


11 January 2007

Famous Trials
Compiled by legal historian Douglas O. Linder, this website recaps trials from that of Socrates (399 BC) through Zacarias Moussaoui (2006), and many famous cases in between.

10 January 2007

History of the Swiss Guard
Not many of the visitors to Rome, who pose for a photograph in front of the Swiss soldiers on guard at the gates of Vatican City, are familiar with the history of these troops who take an oath of loyalty to the Pope. To know more we must go back to the period of the Renaissance and discover the motives that in 1506 caused Pope Julius II to invite to Rome the Helvetian soldiers, renowned for their courage, noble sentiments and loyalty.

9 January 2007

Encyclopedia of Chicago
The Encyclopedia of Chicago is a dynamic and unprecedented metropolitan history. Thousands of historical resources-including articles, photos, maps, broadsides and newspapers-related to Chicago's colorful and complex history are at your fingertips.

8 January 2007

Google Immage Labeler
You'll be randomly paired with a partner who's online and using the feature. Over a 90-second period, you and your partner will be shown the same set of images and asked to provide as many labels as possible to describe each image you see. When your label matches your partner's label, you'll earn some points and move on to the next image until time runs out. After time expires, you can explore the images you've seen and the websites where those images were found.

7 January 2007

Seventy-seven things you need to know about 07
2007 ends with a number seen as special around the world. To Christians it represents perfection, while Muslims speak of seven heavens. To others it is lucky, magical or powerful (as well as being the spot count on a ladybird). So will the coming year be special too? To help you decide, and prepare, Simon Usborne reveals the secrets of the mystical number seven.

What a thrill! I created a website for Michael J. Corsi, who recently became a licensed attorney in Illinois. Google him. Michael Corsi is number one in Google! Yay!

6 January 2007

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5 January 2007

The 20th century, year after year
The history of Russia, year by year.

4 January 2007

What families around the world eat in one week
Families from Australia, Chad—including a refugee family from Darfur, Sudan—China, Ecuador, Germany, Greenland, Kuwait, Okinawa, Poland, the USA, and others are featured in large portraits, each with a week's worth of food.

3 January 2007

Greatest Natural Wonders
Photographs of beautiful scenery from National Geographic. See how the pros do it.

2 January 2007

Got a Digital Camera for Christmas?
Learn How to Use it Here: a series of tutorials that help new digital camera owners to get the most of their cameras.

1 January 2007

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