You might have noticed a strange hashtag at the trending charts on Twitter today, at least in the UK. "#EdBallsDay" is riding strong with more than 20,000 tweets today alone.

But what is Ed Balls Day and why are so many posting funny comments about it online?

Well, it is five 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".

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 ever was.

The former Labour MP and chairman of Norwich City FC is yet to post something himself to mark the special occasion. He probably won't, in fact.

However, there are still plenty of great tweets you can check out posted with the hashtag #EdBallsDay.

Here are some of our favourites for you to enjoy right here.

Let us know if you have any of your own that you've spotted and love in our comments below...

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