ife is chaotic for all of us. So when it comes to mental energy, the last place you want to spend it is contemplating mysteries of the human body. Especially a part as seemingly inconsequential as the belly button.
Turns out, however, there's some really interesting trivia about navels that's handy to know.
Science is always revealing fascinating tidbits about obscure bodily functions, and belly buttons are no exception. Sure, it looks like it just sits there, completely innocuous, but things are actually going on beneath the surface.
We already know they're fun to decorate.
Belly buttons might as well be nature’s billboard. Unlike lungs or hands, they’re pretty much just there. What better to do with apparently non-functional body parts than decorate them? For quite some time, they’ve been considered fair game for any tattoo imaginable. The results are always interesting.
If you don't want to ink it, put something through it.
If tattoos aren’t really your cup of tea, piercings are also perfect for belly buttons. OK, it’s probably not what they’re intended for, but adorning them with rings and sparkly jewels is kinda fun, right? Well, as long as they don’t get caught on anything. Ouch.
They tend to be nature's trap.
Pretty gross, we know, but it’s well-known that belly buttons tend to, um, grab any lint that lingers near them. How it gets shoved down in there is anybody’s guess. It doesn’t make it any less creepy to have to extract it though. Ugh.
Good hygiene is a must.
And while we’re on the subject of lint-grabbing navels, it’s also good to note that these little suckers are also prime breeding grounds for bacteria. It’s suggested that the average human being might have about 67 different species wandering around in there. So a good once-over in your daily shower is probably a solid idea.
It doesn't stop us from looking at them.
Grossness aside, the fact that the belly button is kind of a roaming Petri dish doesn’t stop us from staring at them. In fact, the term “navel-gazing” comes from the Greek term “omphaloskepsis,” which literally means “navel-looking,” a practice the Greeks thought helped with meditation.