NCBI ROFL: The nature of navel fluff

By ncbi rofl | July 2, 2009 4:30 pm

“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.”

CATEGORIZED UNDER: NCBI ROFL, rated G, ridiculous titles
  • Deray

    How the H did this get published???

  • Anonymous

    You just need the "right" reviewers!

  • Cookie

    Brillant! A great contribution to the human race.

  • Marchatorium

    u_U no article will surpass the relevance of the navel fluff. XDDd
    I had to go to the library ( with pdfs nobody goes to libraries, accept it) and see by myself the Nature reference of the navel fluff. IT EXISTS! With no footnote! I'm amazed!

  • Elise Hernandez

    Just thought I would take a minute and wish all the members a Happy Valentine’s Day !


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