3. Belly Buttons Used to Be Banned

Barbara Eden

Even though you can see and show your belly button pretty much anywhere, including mainstream media, that wasn’t always the case. Back in the 1950s and 60s, belly buttons were banned from TV.

A classic example is the popular show I Dream of Jeannie, where star Barbara Eden couldn’t show her belly button during the show despite wearing a midriff-baring genie costume. Eden remembers how big of a problem that was and how scared the NBC executives were when her producer told them he wanted to show Eden’s navel.

2. Belly Buttons Are Filled with Bacteria

Even if you wash it constantly, your belly button is filled with more bacteria than you want to know about. According to a study, the belly button contains at least 67 different types of bacteria.

But before you start panicking, the bacteria you find there are not only predictable but also helpful for your body. This bacteria can help your body’s immune system and protect you from any harm.

1. You Always Have Lint (And Always Will)

Belly Button Lint

We can’t say gross facts about the belly button without mentioning lint. It doesn’t matter how clean you are; chances are you’ve found lint on your belly button. Well, the good news, if you can call it that, is that there’s a scientific explanation for it.

As you probably know, some people grow hairs in their abdominal area. This hair grabs small fibers from cloth, sheets, or towels and “help” these fabrics get stuck in your belly button. If you don’t grow much hair in your abdominal area or shave it regularly, you won’t have much of a problem.

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