A teen's tweet asking for free Wendy's chicken nuggets just surpassed Ellen DeGeneres' record for the most retweets of all time

There's a new most retweeted tweet of all time — and it's all about Wendy's chicken nuggets.

On Tuesday, Carter Wilkerson officially became the author of the tweet with the most retweets in Twitter history, taking the crown from the previous record holder, Ellen DeGeneres, who got more than 3,430,240 retweets on her famous star-studded selfie taken at the Oscars.

More than one month ago, on April 5, the 16-year-old tweeted, asking Wendy's how many retweets he would need to get to get a year of free chicken nuggets.

The fast-food chain responded that it would take 18 million retweets.

Wilkerson's tweet — which reads "HELP ME PLEASE. A MAN NEEDS HIS NUGGS" — quickly went viral, as people attempted to help the teen reach the seemingly impossible goal.


In less than a week, the tweet had been retweeted nearly 2.5 million times.

Google got in on the action, with a nugget inspired Google Doodle. Twitter created a #NuggsForCarter emoji. And, Wendy's pledged to donate $100,000 to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption if Wilkerson's tweet broke the record.

Chick-fil-A, Wendy's, Burger King, and McDonald's chicken nugget taste test
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Chick-fil-A, Wendy's, Burger King, and McDonald's chicken nugget taste test

The fast-food greats meet for our chicken-nugget face-off: Burger King, Chick-fil-A, McDonald's, and Wendy's.

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First, Burger King's chicken nuggets. These nuggets are firm, but not crispy compared with other options. We paid $5.89 for 10 pieces.

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On first bite, we taste a little kick — possibly thanks to the noticeable pepper flakes in the breading. But these nuggets have a spongy texture that feels questionable.

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Second up: Chick-fil-A. On the outside, these golden nuggets are tiny, crispy, bite-size balls housed in a simple box.

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The first bite is a whole bite of the chicken nugget. It's tender and the chicken tastes like chicken — a huge relief. For $3.05 for eight pieces, these small nuggets offer a big blast of flavor.

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At $3.39 for 10 pieces, Wendy's chicken nuggets look crispy.

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But after taking a bite, we were unimpressed. The chicken did not taste like chicken and the breading was bland. These chicken nuggets are boring.

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Finally, the classic McDonald's Chicken McNuggets. The breading of these nuggets have a distinct color — slightly lighter than the other nuggets.

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Crunch! McNuggets are delightfully crispy. Thankfully, these taste like chicken, but we could not decipher what the secret ingredient could be for the delicious breading. It's the classic McNugget, for good or bad. We'll take it — and not question it — at $4.99 for 10 pieces.

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After eating all these bite-size chicken chunks, who comes out on top? Based on our our decidedly unscientific taste test to find the perfectly tender, crispy, and authentic chicken nugget ...

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.. Chick-fil-A takes the title. The classic McNuggets are second, followed by Burger King and Wendy's. Chick-fil-A's simple little nuggets provide the right texture, flavor, and crispy goodness that lead us to believe it has the best chicken nuggets in the game.

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Wilkerson's nugget tweet has surpassed Ellen DeGeneres' tweet from the 2014 Oscars.

DeGeneres seems to have embraced the mock competition. In mid-April, she invited the teen to appear on her show and gave him a television and a "year's supply of Ellen underwear," a gift she said she would rescind if Wilkerson's tweet surpassed her's in retweets.

While Wilkerson now has the most retweeted tweet of all time, he is still coming up short of Wendy's demand that he get 18 million retweets before the fast-food chain gives him free nuggets.

However, the fast-food chain tweeted on Tuesday to congratulate the teen, saying "That's good for the nuggets, and $100k to @DTFA. Consider it done."


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