Quest For Free Chicken Nuggets Inspires Twitter's Most Retweeted Tweet


A teenager with a love of Wendy's chicken nuggets has displaced Ellen Degeneres as the author of the most-retweeted post on Twitter.

Carter hasn't yet and probably never will reach the ambitious target of 18 million retweets he was challenged to by Wendy's, but he did attract a hell of lot of attention and support in his quest to do so.

On the other hand, Wilkerson's tweet has been retweeted more than 3.42 million times, while his following on Twitter has grown from 138 followers to more than 100,000.

That proved to perhaps be a tad unrealistic. Carter is up 6,000 retweets over Ellen's tweet, but she has 1.4 million more likes on her tweet.

"Consider it done", the fast food giant tweeted, later adding: "He gets them nuggs". "I'm a 16-year-old kid from Reno, Nevada, I never thought a month ago that I'd be getting this far, but we're doing our best to keep it up and do some good with it".

It's official. Twitter has a new World Record for retweets, at least until Beyonce has her baby twins.

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Carter Wilkerson had one goal and one goal only: to win a year's supply of Wendy's chicken nuggets.

Wilkerson eventually appeared on her show and the two posed for a selfie together.

The previous record was held by Ellen DeGeneres, who set it at the 2014 Oscars with an epic celebrity selfie that cruised to over 3.4 million retweets.

Ellen even tried to bribe Wilkerson with a year's supply of #Ellen underwear and a new TV just to get him to stop.

She even made a mock PSA with Cooper in which the pair issue a passionate plea for people to retweet their pic every time that they forward Wilkerson's original tweet. Wilkinson used the hashtag #nuggsforcarter to help garner support. Wendy's is also giving $100,000 to the Dave Thomas Foundation. The foundation seeks to help adoption agencies find forever homes for foster children in need.