The twitterspheres collective mind has been blown by the sudden discovery that those irritating plastic bits on the back of earrings can in fact be taken off. The original tweet has been retweeted over 44,000 times as others have suddenly caught on to the fact.
After my nineteen years of living i have now realized that you are supposed to take the plastic part off pic.twitter.com/ejValCaa7G
— Chelsea Smith (@Chelsea__Smithh) August 1, 2015
Their presence has been a constant enigma to most. It can be hard to distinguish whether they’re important to the structure of the earring or not. As a couple people have pointed out.
@Chelsea__Smithh NO!!! The plastic piece helps distribute weight on heavy earrings and makes it more comfortable. Promise!
— Jo Anne Smoot ºoº (@joannesmoot) August 2, 2015
@Chelsea__Smithh almost 40 thousand people will have saggy earlobes now chelsea.
— all of the feelings (@jenna_valentine) August 3, 2015
Reasons given for their existence ranges from stopping the earring from stabbing into you, mitigating accidental loss, and stability. Remove them at your own risk.