Friday, 21 August 2009

No, not in this belly button.

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From the fluffy edge of scientific research I can tell you that the belly button above will be fluff repellent. Consider the following research abstract:

"Hard facts on a soft matter! ... The hypothesis presented herein says that abdominal hair is mainly responsible for the accumulation of navel lint, which, therefore, this is a typically male phenomenon.

The abdominal hair collects fibers from cotton shirts and directs them into the navel where they are compacted to a felt-like matter. The most abundant individual mass of a piece of lint was found to be between 1.20 and 1.29 mg (n=503). However, due to several much larger pieces, the average mass was 1.82 mg in this three year study. When the abdominal hair is shaved, no more lint is collected. "

From the materials and methods: "The author first observed the accumulation of navel fluff in his early 20s. Despite thorough body hygiene including a daily morning shower, the navel filled with lint over the day. The author collected 503 pieces of navel fluff since approximately March 2005 with a total weight of almost 1 g... ...In order to investigate the role of the abdominal hair, the author also shaved his belly for this study."

Med Hypotheses. 2009 Jun;72(6):623-5. Epub 2009 Feb 23.
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12 comments:

  1. I think I can live with a bit of navel fluff...Surely better than shaving or waxing the belly button?

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  2. Hahahahahha... they waste time doing interesting research like this? Oh well. It's good entertainment value.

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  3. Sounds to me like the kind of research the European Union would pay for...

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  4. amazing study! did he also send it to the guinness book of record for most fluff collected in a navel?

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  5. this guy has waaaaay too much time on his hands (and apparently too much navel hair...)

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  6. Naval fluff is what midshipment sport on their faces.

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  7. Hmmm...no mention is innies or outies collected more fluff. I think a new research grant is needed.

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  9. So that's what Buddha was contemplating.

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  10. but why....?

    (I see you are getting infected with the dreaded Chinese/Japanese blogger. In the end I had to re-instate word verification as it was taking over my comments sections)

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  11. I had a conversation on this subject with my nephew, that it is indeed a guy thing. He was at the time i the process of collecting his and saving it in a matchbox. He aimed to collect enough to make a small felt coaster or similar.

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