Saturday, November 18, 2017
We all have belly buttons. Well, actually MOST of us have belly buttons (more on that below), but we really don’t pay them much attention, do we?
They don’t do much in our daily lives, but there’s still plenty that can go wrong with them, and they can even play a part in your mental wellness.
So check out some navel trivia below and start appreciating that weird little thing on a whole new level.
Your belly button is a scar.
It’s pretty well-known that your belly button is a scar from when your umbilicalcord is cut, but did you know that because of that fact, no two belly buttons are the same?
There’s a LOT of bacteria going on in there.
A 2012 research paper found that, in 60 belly buttons, there were over 2,368 species of critters living in there. The average person is carrying 67 species around by themselves.
Belly button piercings can take a long time to heal.
Because it’s dark and dank in there, if you’re getting your belly button pierced, you’ll want to clean the piercing for six whole months after. Otherwise, it can get infected and leave you with a mess like the one you see above.
Many mammals don’t have belly buttons.
All placental mammals have them, but over time, the scar can fade, get covered with fur, or just transition to a small bump.
You’re more likely to have belly button lint if you’re…
…older, male, and hairy.
The lint itself is a mixture of clothing fibers, hair, and skin cells.
There’s a record holder for “Largest Lint Collection.”
A man named Graham Barker took the Guinness title in 2000. He’s been collecting it since 1984 and has filled three large bottles with it.
Staring at your navel used to be a form of meditation.
This navel contemplation practice was called Hesychasm, and was thought to increase enlightenment.
If you’re looking for an even more technical term for navel-gazing, try…
And, of course, belly button fetishes are a real thing.
It turns out that protruding navels or “outties” are the most lusted over.
There are also stories of people taking scalpels to their own stomachs to craft the belly buttons they dream of.
You can make cheese from belly button germs. But, please…don’t.
A biologist started a project called Selfmade in which she and an “odor artist” partnered to make elevencheeses from the germs found in people’s armpits, mouths, belly buttons, and toes.
I assume that just ruined cheese for you forever. Sorry about that.
The Earth’s got a belly button, too.
Utah’s Staircase-Escalante National Monument features a giant hole referred to as the “Cosmic Navel.”
It’s 200 feet wide and over 200,000 years old!
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