Teen's plea for free Wendy's nuggets sets retweet record

Last week Wilkerson explained to us his love of Wendy's chicken nuggets.

In April, Carter Wilkerson asked fast food chain Wendy's how many retweets he needed for a year's worth of free chicken nuggets. That tweet has been retweeted 3.42 million times - not quite 18 million, but it's a new record. Previously, the most shared tweet was Ellen DeGeneres' Oscars selfie, which Guinness said had 3,430,249 retweets as of Tuesday.

Although the Wendy's challenge was 18 million, the chain says it will give the teen the free nuggets for a year. He won't, I'm guessing, get all the free stuff DeGeneres promised him if he lets her Twitter record stay intact.

It is unclear whether Degeneres will follow through on her promise to take back the TV and underwear now that he's surpassed her.


Just over a month ago, 16-year-old Carter Wilkerson tweeted to Wendy's: how many retweets would he need for a lifetime supply of Wendy's nuggs. "Then I put the screenshot up and it started gaining momentum".

It's not every day when someone breaks the all-time record for the most retweets on Twitter while also managing to save America's foster children. But, he is getting some serious celebrity backing of his own.

Wilkerson's tweet - "HELP ME PLEASE".

The photo, which featured Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Kevin Spacey and Meryl Streep among others, had 2.1 million retweets by the end of the awards ceremony.


"You know honestly", he said.

"My mom is a breast cancer survivor".

The company has donated $100,000 (£78,000) to charity in his name. "They made this happen".

Not only that, but his followers have increased from 138 on April 1 to over 100,000, he is now officially verified on Twitter and the #NuggsForCarter hashtag has a custom emoji featuring a box of Wendy's nuggets.



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