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Teenager's Online Request for Free Chicken Nuggets

What's the most retweeted tweet of all time? Perhaps an inspirational quote from a politician or author, or perhaps a photo of a monumental event? Nope, it's 16-year-old Carter Wilkerson's plea for free Wendy's chicken nuggets.

On April 5, Carter tweeted, "Yo @Wendys how many retweets for a year of free chicken nuggets?" The Wendy's account replied, "18 Million." Carter's response? "Consider it done." He then took a screenshot of the tweets and tweeted the photo along with the cry of "HELP ME PLEASE. A MAN NEEDS HIS NUGGS."

According to the New York Times, Carter believed the tweet "might be a fun joke for his friends. He had never gotten so many as 10 retweets on a single tweet before … so topping that would be kind of cool."

Then the tweet passed one million retweets. Then two million. And "when [it] passed just over 3.43 million retweets, Wendy's said it would indeed give him free chicken nuggets for a year … The company also said it would donate $100,000 in his name to the Dave Thomas Foundation For Adoption." (When his tweet had initially gone viral, Carter started selling T-shirts with the proceeds going to the foundation.)

He told the Times that "when you gain internet fame, it's important to use it for good."

Potential Preaching Angles: You have to love the way Carter (and Wendy's as well) used his unsought fame as a force for good.

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