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

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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.

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.

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.

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


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