(Pocket-lint) – You might have noticed a strange hashtag at the trending charts on Twitter today, at least in the UK. “#EdBallsDay” is riding strong with tens of thousands of tweets expected today alone.
But what is Ed Balls Day and why are so many posting funny comments about it online?
Well, it is 10 years to the day since British politician and ex-shadow chancellor Ed Balls either accidentally or intentionally just tweeted his own name for everyone to see. It read, simply, “Ed Balls”.
— Ed Balls (@edballs) April 28, 2011
It became a bit of a viral hit back on 28 April 2011 and since then, the same day each year, thousands commemorate it in amusing fashion.
Memes, gifs, funny tweets galore, Ed Balls Day is celebrated online on 28 April every year. It is perhaps even more popular than Balls himself – although his appearances on Strictly Come Dancing in the UK and other entertainment TV shows put him more firmly in the public eye since.
The former Labour MP and chairman of Norwich City FC rarely marks the special occasion himself, but bucked the trend in 2020. Hopefully he’ll do the same again this time. After all, #EdBallsDay is now celebrating a decade in the limelight.
— Ed Balls (@edballs) April 28, 2020
His wife, fellow Labour politician Yvette Cooper, seemingly tried to get in on the act early. Although we’re not sure “P” Day will take off in quite as big a fashion.
— Yvette Cooper (@YvetteCooperMP) April 22, 2021
We’ll update with additional favourites from this year as the day progresses. In the meantime, here are some of the highlights from last year for you to enjoy:
*Flings open window shutters*
“You there, boy! What day is this?”
— Mark Lankester (@markrlankester) April 28, 2020
— Mark Worgan (@worgztheowl) April 28, 2020
— Zoë Paramour (@ZoeParamour) April 28, 2020
Woke up with a hangover & hadn’t got my wife a present, now she’s saying I’ve ruined another #EdBallsDay. Every bloody year we have this.
— Perfectly Healthy Clandango (@Cain_Unable) April 28, 2020
I’m old enough to remember when #EdBallsDay was about family and friends. Nowadays it’s become too commercialised. It’s almost lost all meaning.
— Mark McFadden (@MarkMcFadden) April 28, 2020
Writing by Rik Henderson.