Teen ‘figures out’ what shoulder buttons are for – but some mock her ‘discovery’

People are always finding out we’ve been doing things wrong our whole lives and sharing their discoveries with the masses on social media.

Just last week came the revelation we’ve been using cheese graters incorrectly.

But if you do think you’ve made a ground breaking discovery, maybe do some research on Google before revealing it to the world.

One teen thought she’d figured out the reason ‘shoulder buttons’ were created on jackets and posted a photo to Twitter.

She wrote: "Taken my 18 years to find out that the weird shoulder buttons on jackets is to hold your bag in place so it doesn’t fall off – who knew", complete with a ‘mind blown’ emoji.

The image showed the strap of a red bag slotted through the flap of fabric.

Her tweet has been shared more than 57,000 times on the platform – and liked more than 141,000 times.

People are hailing the discovery and most of the responses are along the lines of "mind blown", "game changer" or "I learn something new every day on Twitter".

One commented: "That makes so much sense why did we never get that??"

But others scoffed at her idea, with one writing: "I swear people just be makin (sic) stuff up at this point, then they just like ‘hold on I might have just done somethin’"

Another told their friend: "That’s so not true Aidan don’t believe everything you read on Twitter."

And some correctly pointed out that this isn’t actually what modern epaulettes – yes, that’s what they’re called – are for.

Epaulettes are traditionally ornamental shoulder pieces or decorations on coats or jackets of members of the military, but shoulder straps with marks are also called epaulettes.

They were used on military uniform shirts, jackets or tunics to keep back packs, ammunition pouches or bayonets from slipping off the shoulder – so weren’t quite designed for handbags.

So rather than serving a practical function, these fashion features are merely influenced by old military jackets.

Still, even if it technically wasn’t made to stop your bag falling off your shoulder while you’re walking down the high street on a Saturday, it sounds like a pretty decent way to use them to us.

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  • Cutting pizza
  • Blowing noses
  • Chopsticks

She’s probably actually started a totally new fashion trend without even knowing it.

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