Carter Wilkinson Is Close To Beating All-Time Retweet Mark Set By Ellen Ellen DeGeneres

RENO, Nev. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A teen’s Twitter stunt to win a year of free chicken nuggets from Wendy’s might become the platform’s most retweeted post of all time.

Carter Wilkinson asked the fast food chain on Twitter last week how many retweets it would take for him to get free nuggets for a year. Wendy’s replied, “18 million.” The 16-year-old from Nevada took up the challenge, writing: “Consider it done.”

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Wilkinson’s screenshot of the exchange has since been retweeted nearly 2.5 million times.

It’s getting closer to the all-time retweet mark of nearly 3.3 million, held by Ellen DeGeneresviral tweet from the 2014 Oscars, featuring Jared Leto, Jennifer Lawrence, Channing Tatum, Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Kevin Spacey, Bradley Cooper, Brad Pitt, Lupita Nyong’O, Peter Nyong’O and Angelina Jolie.

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But he’s still got a ways to go before he can get his free “nuggs.”

Wilkinson tells the Reno Gazette-Journal that all the attention is “a little distracting,” and he’s now known as “the chicken nugget man” at his high school.

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