Your Belly Button Could Reveal More About You Than You Thought


1. Belly buttons are technically scars

Belly buttons are scar tissue from the umbilical cord. When the umbilical cord is cut, you're left will a small stump of skin and when that falls off you're left with a belly button.

2. Some people don't have them

Occasionally, belly button scars will fade to the point of being almost non-existent!

3. They have lots of bacteria!

Science has found that belly buttons house up to 2300 different kinds of bacteria!

4. Dudes & belly button fluff!

People with hairy tummies are more likely to get belly button lint (or fluff). This is because lint is primarily made up of hair, skin cells, and fibres - things which are linked directly to the amount of hair on a person's body.

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5. People collect belly button lint

It's an actual thing. The Guinness Book of Records has Graham Barker down as having the largest collection of belly button lint in the world. Not something I'd put on my CV.

6. Belly button meditation

Greek Christian monks practised navel contemplation called hesychasm. They believed it gave them insight into divine glory.

7. Navel-gazing

The technical term of navel-gazing is omphaloskepsis.

8. Fetishes

Belly button fetishes are a thing. One guy even tried to change his own belly button to an "outie" because he was so attracted to "outie" belly buttons.

9. Earth has a belly button

Earth's belly button - or "cosmic navel" is in Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. It’s about 216,000 years old and approximately 200 feet wide. It even looks like an "innie" and an "outie"!

10. Belly button cheese

Biologist Christina Agapakis and artist Sissel Tolaas joined forces in order to make cheese from the bacteria found in people’s belly buttons. And armpits, toes, and mouths.

Now please excuse us while we go and vomit....