Southern Thing Column

Why I am writing about belly button lint … again

Following is from this week’s column. The link below takes you to the full column.

I don’t like to pat myself on the back, y’all, but sometimes I find myself in the position to effect social change and, I’ll admit, it feels pretty good. Last week, I was fortunate enough to be the catalyst for a deep conversation, one that led to the answers to these important questions:

  • What is belly button lint?
  • Where does belly button lint come from?

When it comes to body detritus, is there anything more mysterious than what collects in your innie? It started when I was doing an Ask Me Anything session on Reddit, a social media site that sometimes hosts online Q&A events with someone who might be an expert in his or her field. My expertise was Weird News… Click here to read the full column on

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