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Teen gets free nuggets from Wendys, breaks Twitter record

Teen gets free nuggets from Wendys, breaks Twitter record

Teenager Carter Wilkerson's Twitter plea for a year's supply of chicken nuggets has become the most retweeted tweet in the history of the social media platform. Previously, the most shared tweet was Ellen DeGeneres' Oscars selfie, which Guinness said had 3,430,249 retweets as of Tuesday.

Wendy's will also donate $100,000 to the Dave Thomas Foundation, who dedicates its time to find homes for children in foster care. Late last month, Ellen had Carter on her show to talk about his internet notoriety, the campaign, and to warn him not to get too close to her record-setting Oscars selfie. And, she's been dethroned by someone who, until he chose to tweet at the Wendy's account, had about 150 followers.

Amazingly enough, the tweet caught the attention of many, gaining one million retweets within two days. The 140-character message is not filled with celebrities, important news or even the kind of joke that usually goes viral on Twitter - it's a 16-year-old asking for free chicken nuggets.

"[Wilkerson] is now the most retweeted tweet of all-time".

Wendy's says Wilkerson has earned the nuggets despite not hitting the 18 million mark. "I don't know if it was a metaphor or literal", Wilkerson said with a laugh.

So exactly how many calories is Wilkerson committing to with his daily dose of delicious chicken nuggets? "If you get 18 million somehow, by some miracle, you get 18 million, I'll have another gift for you, but you can't pass me, I have to be above that!" On Tuesday, the tweet surpassed that goal and Wendy's said they'll cough up the nuggets. The restaurant chain set the bar ridiculously high: 18 million.

To make an additional donation to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption check out the Nuggs For Carter website.

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