So what are the exact things living inside your belly button?

what's in your innie?

Taking on the challenges ordinary people wouldn’t dare, a team of scientists wanted to find out exactly what lives in your belly button?

Not surprisingly, a whole heap of bacteria. From a measly 60 volunteers, they managed to:

  • collect 2,368 bacteria species
  • of that, over 50% may not yet be known to science
  • the average person had 67 species, the ‘cleanest’ had 29 and the ‘dirtiest’ 107

…and what about the cartoon? Well, one of the volunteers was found to have bacteria only found in the soils of Japan (they had never visited Japan before). Another volunteer had bacteria typically only found in ice caps (must have a cold innie).

Gosh, I love scientists….Must be why I ‘married’ one.


8 Comments on “So what are the exact things living inside your belly button?”

  1. Carrie Rubin says:

    A study worthy of its funding. πŸ˜‰

  2. eremophila says:

    Ewwwww! Yuk! I’m surmising that those who wear jewellery in that place, only add to the quantity, knowing how much lives under rings on fingers for instance. Makes Doug seem quite clean, doesn’t it. πŸ™‚

  3. OMG! I wish I knew this information when I did my blog about the belly button lint collector. I LOVE your bacteria!!

    • Marti says:

      Hi, glad you like it. Had fun making up these little guys (surprisingly more similar to bacteria than you would expect – just google image bacteria).
      You could always do a PS update on your next post

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