Science Unlocks The Mystery Of Belly Button Lint

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After three years of research, including examining 503 pieces of fluff from his own belly button, Georg Steinhauser has discovered a type of body hair that traps stray pieces of lint and draws them into the navel. Dr Steinhauser\’s observations showed that “small pieces of fluff first form in the hair and then end up in the navel at the end of the day.” Chemical analysis revealed the pieces of fluff were not just made up of cotton from clothing. Wrapped up in the lint were also flecks of dead skin, fat, sweat and dust. Unfortunately, further study has failed to yield a hair or fiber that would give Dr. Steinhauser the last three years of his life back.


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    Theo11
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    This is clearly lint from a dryer.

    PitYak Studios
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    are you a scientist too?

    Gilez
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    And did you study dryer lint for three years?

    s_devries
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    s_devries

    Yep, Its belly button lint. I can tell from the fat.

    fracked again
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    Braniac beat them to this.

    s_devries
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    s_devries

    Actually Dr Karl did back in 2002. The Brainiac episode aired on 2003.

    www.abc.net.au/science/k2/lint/

    Dreth
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    I wonder what it smells like.

    andthenjaredsaid
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    Dude… A google search would’ve saved him some time. I can remember reading about this when i was like 6.

    MonkeyHitman
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    @andthenjaredsaid: so your 11 years old now?

    andthenjaredsaid
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    @ColombianMonkey: 23. I read about this in a book from the school library when I was little.

    MonkeyHitman
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    damn

    Phyreblade
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    LOL