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Bellybutton lint: its nature and origin

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“Abdominal hairs serve as a conveyor belt for transporting fibers upward from underwear and depositing them in the umbilicus.” – Karl Kruszelnicki, Professor of Physics at the University of Sydney.

Dr. Kruszelnicki won a 2002 Ig Nobel Prize for his work in elucidating the mechanics and mysteries of navel contents. He pointed out at the Ig Nobel acceptance ceremony, where his prize was presented by three real Nobel Prize winners, that he could never have met such great minds as these had he not gone where few have gone before.

I stopped wearing underwear my freshman year in college. One day it occurred to me that it really served no purpose other than custom and enriching Jockey. I haven’t noticed any difference in my life in the ensuing years, other than the absence of wedgies. On reflecting on the findings of Dr. Kruszelnicki, however, I realize that I recall having a much more lint-laden bellybutton in the years W.U. (with underwear) than those since.

What is it with Australians and the navel, anyway? Peter Goldsworthy, considered by some Australia’s present-day Voltaire, fixated on his to the point that he entitled a recent collection of his essays “Navel Gazing: Essays, Half-Truths, and Mystery Flights.”

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  • Peggy

    I have been searching for hours in regards to information on bellybuttons or more specifically on people with NO bellybuttons. I am currently working on an autobiograph, titled, “The girl with no bellybutton”, a true story. It is a story of a young girl, at the tender age of 11 years old who undegoes a simple surgical procedure to remove an umbilical hernia and how a careless surgeon brutally removes her (MY!!) entire bellybutton. I speak of the trauma and psychological damage that it impacted on me throughout my lifetime and the devasting ripple-effect that it has caused me.
    I would somehow like to be able to contact the author of the nobel-prize winning book for some imput and assistance. If anyone knows how I might be able to reach him, I would be most grateful.
    Also, if anyone can give me any feedback as to their opinion on whether they think this might be an interesting read, please let me know.