Three years ago on April 28, British Labor Shadow Chancellor Edward Michael “Ed” Balls was shopping for ingredients to make pulled pork when one of his aides told him to search Twitter for an article.
Balls typed his name into the wrong field on his Blackberry and accidentally tweeted the phrase: “Ed Balls.”
The tweet became a viral hit and received over 25,000 retweets and more than 10,000 likes.
Balls’s tweet been living in infamy ever since and Twitter celebrates the anniversary every year.
This year has been no different.
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
Tom Wilson (@feedthedrummer) April 27, 2014
Ah, I remember my first Ed Balls day. Back when I was young. Running downstairs to see whether Ed Balls had written his own name or not.— WaterstonesOxfordSt (@WstonesOxfordSt) April 28, 2014
People always forget the real meaning of #EdBallsDay... It's now just about commercialism and buying gifts. It was once for the family.— Benjamin Zand (@BenjaminZand) April 28, 2014
Ed Balls Day feels like less of an occasion this year. Less festive. Where's the spirit of post-neoclassical endogenous growth theory?— Calum S (@CalumSPlath) April 28, 2014
To commemorate the occasion, Balls opted to give the people what they want.
Good grief.. Oh go on then.. RT @edballsmp: Ed Balls— Ed Balls (@edballsmp) April 28, 2014
My cat is sad because he wanted to be first to tweet the words "Ed Balls" but Ed Balls beat him to it. pic.twitter.com/kozs4gHpmZ— WHY MY CAT IS SAD (@MYSADCAT) April 28, 2014