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Why do we have belly buttons?

Belly buttons, navels, lint collection stations, stomach knots -- I've heard them all. Belly buttons are what's left a after the umbilical cord falls off a few weeks after birth. They mark the point where you were hooked onto your mother before you were born, to put it simply.


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