On the Belly Button
|Introduction by Juris Lidaka|
As children, don’t we joke about belly buttons, and ask our friends if they have innies or outies? Sure - but once we know that they come from the umbilical cord, we learn to say “navel” instead of belly button.
Bartholomew explains why we have belly buttons - something we all learn about in health class - and his information is more accurate than usual because the sources he cites had first-hand experience with what they are describing. Today, most of this information is discussed in a doctor’s office.
Do birds have belly buttons, since they come from eggs? Aristotle knew they do, because he could open bird eggs carefully to examine new hatchlings.
More interestingly, did Adam and Eve have belly buttons? Well, thinking they did is one of Sir Thomas Browne’s Vulgar Errors from over 300 years ago. But the question keeps coming back – try it as a Google search and find some 197,000 hits!