Today I tried to take out an earring, but when I grabbed the front and back, the front fell off. This posed a serious problem, as I couldn't get a enough of a grip on the remaining post to pull the back off.

I went downstairs, but couldn't see the post. I tried pulling it back through my ear, but it wouldn't budge -- the front of the post has a wider flat surface, which the earring figure was welded too. This was too big to fit through the hole. Bad news!

Fortunately, I was eventually able to push on the back enough to get the flat surface back out of the hole and out of my ear, where I grabbed it with the pliers from my swiss army knife. Then it was straightforward to pull the back off.