There are tons of facts out there, which most people never give a second thought about. But it doesn’t hurt to learn a few things. Who knows? It might even help you win “Jeopardy” when you’re playing at home, or when you’re enjoying a game of Trivial Pursuit with your family. Remember, the world is constantly changing, and it turns out that a lot of the things we thought we knew, were wrong. Plus, there are people, places, and events around the globe that are absolutely amazing. Surely, one of these interesting facts will get rid of your boredom and expand your mind.

#1. If you ever get bit by a Boomslang snake, stuff is going to be coming out of every orifice of your body.

The venom attacks red blood cells, which acts as an anti-coagulant, and leads to the degeneration of organs and tissue. If you have an unfortunate encounter with one of these snakes, you’ll bleed out of your gums and other holes in your body. Fortunately, there’s an anti-venom available.

#2. Uranus was originally named Georgium Sidus by English astronomer William Herschel when he discovered the planet in 1781.

Uranus may be an ice giant, but you’d be surprised to learn that it went by the name George nearly 70 years after it was initially discovered. But if they hadn’t changed it to Uranus, science class wouldn’t have been as much fun when we were in school.

#3. T-shirts might make guys look stylish, but they were originally marketed for a specific type of man.

In 1904, the Cooper Underwear Company marketed T-shirts to single men without sewing skills calling them "bachelor undershirts" using the slogan, “No safety pins — no buttons — no needle — no thread."

T-shirts might make guys look stylish, but they were originally marketed for a specific type of man.

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#4. To avoid society’s restrictions, a group of Albanian women live as men in mountain villages.

They’re known as Burnesha or Balkan sworn virgins, and they wear men’s clothes, adopt masculine mannerisms, and cut their hair. They even change their names and swear an oath of celibacy in order to avoid being separated from their family members, or being locked into an arranged marriage.

#5. German chocolate cake wasn’t invented in Germany, but rather in the state of Texas.

English-American chocolate maker, Samuel German, came up with dark baking chocolate, an ingredient used in the cake. But the cake was made by Mrs. George Clay, a homemaker in Dallas Texas. Her recipe popped up in The Dallas Morning News, in 1957, as German’s Chocolate Cake.

#6. On rare occasions, a human baby might end up being born with what is known as a “gorilla rib."

Everyone is born with 12 ribs regardless of whether they’re male or female. But in rare situations, a human might end up being born with an extra rib. And since gorillas actually have 13 ribs, the extra rib was dubbed a gorilla rib.

On rare occasions, a human baby might end up being born with what is known as a “gorilla rib."

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#7. You’ll never want to eat cheese again after you learn that Sardinian cheese contains live maggots.

The maggots in Casu Marzu cheese have the ability to jump up to five inches from the cheese while you’re consuming it. So you might want to wear goggles and nose plugs. You certainly don’t want those little maggots getting on your face.

You’ll never want to eat cheese again after you learn that Sardinian cheese contains live maggots.

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#8. According to researchers, you can reset your biological clock and more if you go camping for a week.

When you’re forest bathing, you don’t have to worry about man-made lights interfering with your biological clock. And a study shows that if you camp outdoors for a whole week, you can sync your melatonin hormones as well with the rising and setting of the sun.

According to researchers, you can reset your biological clock and more if you go camping for a week.

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#9. If you’ve ever been accused of being too chatty, and you’re a woman, a study might explain why.

Louann Brizendine, the founder of the University of California’s San Francisco’s Women’s Mood and Hormone Clinic, published the study “The Female Brain,” which suggests that women speak about 20,000 words per day versus men, who only speak 7,000 words on a daily basis.

If you’ve ever been accused of being too chatty, and you’re a woman, a study might explain why.

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#10. The chainsaw wasn’t originally designed to be used on trees, but rather on women around 1830.

It was developed by Bernhard Heine, a German orthopedist. The tool would have been used to help widen a woman’s pelvis to make things easier for her during childbirth. It wasn’t even called a chainsaw back then. It was known as an osteotome.

The chainsaw wasn’t originally designed to be used on trees, but rather on women around 1830.

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#11. The Empire State Building is so monumental that it even has its very own zip code, 10118.

Construction on the building began in the year 1930, and it’s one of the most impressive skyscrapers in Midtown Manhattan in New York. The 102-story skyscraper attracts 3.5 million tourists from around the world each year.

The Empire State Building is so monumental that it even has its very own zip code, 10118.

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#12. Everyone knows what the word "butt" means today, but the word’s true origin came from footwear.

"Butt" comes from the Medieval French and Italian word “botte,” which means boot. To this day, the word “botte” refers to a wine cask in Italy. According to Scotland’s Macallan distillery, a butt is a term used in wineries and distilleries. In fact, a butt can refer to half a tun, which is 216 gallons. Now, that's a buttload!

#13. Babe Ruth wore a cabbage leaf under his baseball cap to keep cool during the heat.

Up until the 1940s, professional baseball players had to wear uniforms that were made out of wool. This made players sweaty while playing during the summer. Babe Ruth showed his teammates how to cool off by spreading cabbage leaves in ice water. Once the leaves were cold enough, he told them to put one of the leaves under their baseball caps to stay cool.

Babe Ruth wore a cabbage leaf under his baseball cap to keep cool during the heat.

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#14. Did you know that the Germans came up with a word for people who like to stress eat all the time?

It’s called "kummerspeck" and it literally translates as "grief bacon." But the word is used to define all the extra weight people gain when they start overeating because they’re emotionally upset and can’t stop stuffing their mouths.

#15. Only one McDonald's restaurant in the entire world has turquoise arches.

We all know that McDonald's arches are always yellow, but not in Sedona, Arizona. You see, the natural red rock in Sedona clashed with the yellow so they decided to go with turquoise arches instead.

Only one McDonald's restaurant in the entire world has turquoise arches.

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#16. Have you noticed how most people in the 1800s rarely, if ever, cracked a smile while taking a photo?

Back in the 1840s, a big old grin was seen as childish, so a London photographer came up with the perfect solution. Instead of getting people to say cheese, he got them to say prunes. This kept their mouths tense and rigid.

Have you noticed how most people in the 1800s rarely, if ever, cracked a smile while taking a photo?

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