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13 April 2017, 01:48 | Nina Hammond
A Nevada teen needs help from Twitter users to win Wendy's nuggets for a year
Wilkerson's tweet is third only to Ellen DeGeneres' famous Oscar tweet that earned 3.2 million retweets, and Barack Obama's "Four more years." tweet that gathered 900,000 retweets. "I sent out the tweet as a joke, but then they responded with the outrageous number", he said in an interview with the Reno Gazette-Journal.
While some have suggested it could be one huge marketing ploy, no one has yet found any evidence the teenage nugget fan is a fake. "It would be great to solve a life crisis".
Wilkerson's goal has also caused others to take notice.
With such a lofty target, Carter went to bed assuming the free food was out of reach.
It looks like it's shaping up to be a pretty great year for Carter.
This is exposure that money can't buy.
Still, 18 million is a tall order, and the challenge has turned the teen into "a global hero with a mission" via #NuggsForCarter, notes a post at Twitter itself.
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When Wilkerson crossed the million mark, a Wendy's spokesperson replied on Twitter, "officially shook".
Others have been doing the maths. "Assuming a diet of 2500 calories, that's 55.55555 nugs a day, or 20277 nugs for the year".
"If I get 887 RTs, can I have one nug?"
Wendy's has become known on the internet for its irreverent attitude on Twitter.
But how did a random tweet from a teen about nuggets get so big? The response? 18 million, which would be a new world record and sounds impossible to achieve.
As for Wendy's, they've been very supportive on Twitter even responding to a skeptic, "Just be patient, have faith, and let a lovely thing happen". He also plays football and runs track and field at school.
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