Who knows what lurks in the belly button?
The folks at the Belly Button Diversity project want to remind you that you may know more about kangaroos in Australia than you do about the creatures that live in your own belly button.
Researchers at North Carolina State University and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science in Raleigh launched the Belly Button Biodiversity project, which aims to gather bacteria from belly buttons to learn more about the micro-organisms that live on people, according to the project’s website. Apparently, few people wash their belly buttons, making it the “perfect” place to gather bacteria.
The team posted the first round of results—photos included—to the project’s website this month.
On a Saturday in April, visitors to the museum were even asked to volunteer their belly button samples. Don’t worry, they were paid for their efforts and received $2 off admission into the organization’s Animal Grossology exhibit.
There’s no telling what’s down there.