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U.K. celebrates Ed Balls Day, because Ed Balls

Ed Balls.


Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

Internet Culture

Posted on Apr 28, 2014   Updated on May 31, 2021, 10:04 am CDT

Ed Balls

— Ed Balls (@edballsmp) April 28, 2011

It is now the three year anniversary of that fateful day when U.K. politician Ed Balls tweeted the one tweet to end them all: his own name. Now immortalized as one of the greatest incompetent middle-aged politician tweets of all time, it has given rise to its own meme: #EdBallsDay.

Wearing my @edballsmp t-shirt for the occasion. Many confused Hong Kong faces. Happy #EdBallsDay!

— Luke Rigg (@lukerigg) April 28, 2014

Future archaeologist in 2327 AD: “digital shrine evidence points to Ed Balls having been the god of shambolic self-sabotage. ” #EdBallsDay

— Greg Jenner (@greg_jenner) April 28, 2014

And the much anticipated Ed Balls Oscar Selfie. #EdBallsDay

— Tom Wilson (@feedthedrummer) April 27, 2014

Have you had any #EdBallsDay cards yet? My Mum never forgets!

— Michael Moran (@TheMichaelMoran) April 28, 2014

Here’s a sneak peek of The Times #EdBallsDay souvenir edition…

— The Media Blog (@TheMediaTweets) April 28, 2013

Got a present for #edballsday from my boss but it was just a name plaque with his own name on it.

— Alex Bower (@ATBower) April 28, 2014

The backstory for this iconic tweet is that, one fine April day back in 2011, Ed Balls was grocery shopping when an aide suggested that he search his own name. Instead he mistakenly tweeted “Ed Balls” to the world, unaware that he could delete tweets after posting.

Ok, ok.. Because it would be rude not to..! RT @edballsmp: Ed Balls

— Ed Balls (@edballsmp) April 28, 2013

Last year, he made sure to acknowledge the momentous occasion of #EdBallsDay with a retweet. But this time around, it seems as if his interest may be waning. He did wish everyone a “happy day” though, which is better than nothing.

Greetings and a Happy Day to you all from the top of the 141 bus, now crossing (where else?) the Balls Pond Road…

— Ed Balls (@edballsmp) April 28, 2014

Photo via harrypotts/Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

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*First Published: Apr 28, 2014, 9:09 am CDT