Friday, 2 September 2011
Thought for the Day: Contemplating Navels
But no, the subject today is the humble belly button. Why is it that, for the majority of us, when our umblical cord falls off we are left with a depression or, as it has been named by someone with near genius powers of skill of description, an 'innie'? I'm not sure that Wikipedia, my usual trustee source has given me a satisfactory answer in this instant although it does explain nicely the process of 'outie' formation. After all scarring doesn't usually leave an perfectly formed indention but takes on a far more abstract form.
I've also been musing on that well-known fact that if a person is missing a belly button then, discounting abdominal surgery as a reason for removal, they must be an alien. This is something that I didn't realise was common knowledge until I read about the underwear model Karolina Kurkova. Rather I thought that it was an odd idea that originated from the astonishingly fertile imagination of my brother, Paul, who has been on the hunt for a navel-less being to prove the existence of life on other planets since childhood. There is another leading question about our extra-terrestrial friends thought that has yet to be answered. Where on their bodies do they have a convenient anatomical storage pot for small quantities of blue-grey fluff?