Why Are Bellybuttons So Wonderful?

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The navel. The umbilicus. The bellybutton. A scar on the abdomen where human umbilical cords are attached in the womb. After we’re born, the doctor cuts the cord leaving behind a couple inches. When it falls off, a bellybutton is born. We don’t tend to notice them, though. Probably because the average one contains over 1,000 types of bacteria. But most of that is friendly. One study found ‘archea’ in one man’s navel, a rare single-cell organism found in hot springs and deep sea vents, never before found on humans. That said, the navel is an erogenous zone, probably the least appealing one on the body. ‘Sexologist’ Yvonne Fulbright said, “It’s a great place to test the waters to see just how far south your lover is willing to let you go.” I know, I know. I can’t believe it, either. I mean, there’s actually a profession named ‘sexologist’. Who knew?

90% of humans have an ‘innie’. This is caused by the umbilical cord being clamped and cut. One that is just tied and cut usually results in an outie. That said, an outie would prevent the infamous button fluff, common in hairy, overweight, older men. The hairier and bigger the stomach, the more fluff you have.

In the olden days, showing one’s navel was considered taboo. Bare female buttons were banned because it was considered ‘suggestible’ because of the ‘close proximity’ and ‘resemblance’ to a woman’s privates, an idea furthered by the erogenous nature of both. Apparently. Thankfully, the world isn’t so stupid these days…

All mammals that don’t lay eggs have a navel, although not all humans do. Some folk are born with part of their intestines protruding out from their navel, what’s known as a hernia. To fix the problem, doctors must reconstruct it, leaving behind a large dimple instead of a button.

Studies have shown that the position of one’s navel is hugely influential. The position can determine how fast you can run or swim. This is – literally – the leading theory on why so many elite runners are African. Those of African origin tend to have longer legs than those of European origin, which means the former’s navels are higher.

One study found that a ‘T-shaped’ navel is the most attractive and indeed, a woman’s navel may signal her genetic health. If the navel is symmetrical and central, for example, the odds of a woman having a healthy baby should be higher. In fact, harmful mutations in one’s DNA show up in our navel’s position and size, making it a good indicator of one’s genetic health.

Come on now, readers. Tell me after reading all that, that you don’t find the bellybutton utterly wonderful? It’s all too easily forgotten about and ignored. But it shouldn’t be!

Because it’s a truly incredible part of the human body…

Ciao :)(:

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