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Mtl_zack's avatar

What is bellybutton lint?

Asked by Mtl_zack (6762points) February 7th, 2009
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16 Answers

Vinifera7's avatar

Lint that collects in the bellybutton. There’s nothing special about it.

Edit: Okay, to be more specific, it’s a combination of clothing fibers, dust, and dead skin cells.

aprilsimnel's avatar

Dead skin cells that have flaked off, combined with particles from your clothes. And sweat.

marinelife's avatar

Dust, fibers from clothes, sweat residue, body oils. Gross.

jackley's avatar

Almost any bodily fluid that can get into a small crevasse, which is to say, all of them.

Bluefreedom's avatar

Could someone please post a picture of this? I really need a strong visual on the whole bellybutton lint thing.

brownlemur's avatar

A study on this phenomenon won the Ig Nobel prize recently: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Navel_lint

Aethelwine's avatar

I call it nature’s cotton candy.

Bluefreedom's avatar

@brownlemur. That worked for me. A little too good in fact. And Marina’s pictures, below, sealed my fate. I’m no longer hungry for dinner.

marinelife's avatar

You. asked. Here you go.

Vinifera7's avatar

@jonsblond
How’s it taste?

vanslonski's avatar

Oh Look out!! jimi here. Looking out my Belly Button Window.
anyone hear this? Ouch!! Love such inquiries!! let it fly!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Allie's avatar

Good grief to those jars full of bellybutton lint! Who the heck get that much lint in there? Take a shower more often. Ick.
I’ve been alive 21 years and haven’t collected as much as @brownlemur‘s photo.
Geez.

Aethelwine's avatar

@Vinifera7 linty, with an umbilical finish

Magnus's avatar

Iz nasty.

AstroChuck's avatar

It’s what’s for dinner.

evelyns_pet_zebra's avatar

I’ve begun a pilot program to convert belly button lint into an alternative fuel source. Since people with a larger girth have deeper belly buttons, I need some heavyset volunteers to get started. Outies need not apply.

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