For most of us, the belly button is something that doesn’t have any kind of function or meaning. But that’s wrong – at least for the last part.
What our belly button looks like has some pretty astonishing facts. Whether you’re an innie or an outie, this is something you most probably want to know about.
Here are some facts about the navel that 90% of people don’t even know about:
1. Do you have an oval and vertical or T-shaped navel with a small lid?
According to Aki Sinkkonen, a researcher from the University of Helsinki, most people think that the above-mentioned appearance of the belly button is sexier than other looks. Both outies and innies (particularly those that are too deep) cannot compete with this type of navel.
2. Is your belly button positioned higher than average people?
If it is, you could be a faster runner or swimmer than your peers. According to Andre Bejan, a researcher from Duke University, this explains why those who excel in running are of African ancestry since they have longer legs than other races, including those of European ancestry. As a result, their navels are about 1.8 inches higher than that of white people.
3. Are you an innie or an outie?
If your navel is going inward, you’re in the majority. In fact, about 90% of the world’s population has innie belly buttons. So that means if you’re an outie, you’re among the fewer individuals with this type of navel.
4. You don’t have a belly button? You’re not alone.
In fact, you’re sharing this trait with supermodel Karolina Kurkova who actually lost her navel during an operation when she was still a baby. There are also rumors that Celebrity Alfred Hitchcock doesn’t have a belly button as well.
5. Do you have belly button lint?
If you do, there’s a good chance that you’re a guy. Although anyone could have lint, women are less prone to have this. However, middle age men who are overweight often have a hairy abdomen problem. The reason for this is because belly hair gets caught on clothing fibers, causing the abrasion and resulting to lint. Additionally, new shirts tend to generate more lint unlike old clothing as reported by a study.
The belly button is actually one of the dirtiest parts of the human body. In fact, there are about 1,400 kinds of bacteria in there and what’s worse is that, most people don’t know how to clean the navel.