How a Teen Tweeted His Way to a Year's Worth of Wendy's Chicken Nuggets

He now has the most retweeted tweet of all time
A Teen Tweeted His Way to Free Wendy's Nuggets
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One Nevada teen's quest to get a year's worth of free chicken nuggets has resulted in him breaking Twitter's all-time record for the most retweets.

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In April, Carter Wilkinson asked Wendy's how many retweets it would take for them to satisfy his craving for a year's worth of their crispy, mechanically separated chicken. And, of course, in typical fashion, the fast-food chain played along with a somewhat-unattainable challenge.

Well, it turns out you can't keep starving teenagers from their pieces of fried chicken for long. With the help of the Twitterverse—including big names like Apple, Google and Ellen DeGeneres, to name a few—Wilkinson's original post has been retweeted more than 3.47 million times, to become the most retweeted tweet in history. Sorry, Ellen.

And although their challenge wasn't exactly met, Wendy's, vying for the title of coolest fast-food chain ever, is granting Wilkinson's wish anyway (and is throwing in a cool $100,000 donation to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, to boot).


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