Sometimes, you just need some happy news to get you through the day. Today, that happy news has arrived in the form of Carter Wilkerson, a lover of Wendy's chicken nuggets from Reno, Nevada who's aiming to get 18 million retweets for a year of free chicken nuggets. Since Carter embarked on this mission, it's gone viral pretty quick, and he's making good headway towards his goal. Not all heroes wear capes. Bustle has reached out to Wilkerson and Wendy's and will update if we hear back.
UPDATE: A Wendy’s spokesperson tells Bustle that the company “absolutely” supports the #NuggsForCarter movement. “We’re the biggest proponent of chicken nugget love and are blown away by the support he has gained.” The spokesperson adds, “We’ve set a really high bar, but Carter had us at ‘Consider it done.’ If he continues to pick up retweets the way he has over the weekend, he’ll have those nuggets. Hist post is already the third most retweeted tweet in history.”
EARLIER: It all started when Carter tweeted at Wendy's, "How many retweets for a year of free chicken nuggets?" Wendy's responded, "18 million," and from there a movement was born. So far, the tweet has gotten over 1.6 million retweets and has spawned the hashtag #NuggsForCarter. There are even a few Twitter accounts dedicated to getting Carter the requisite number of retweets, including @NuggsForCarter. And there's even a website, nuggsforcarter.com, that directs visitors to Twitter so they can retweet. So if you want to get involved in this very important cause, there's a number of ways you can find the tweet — and all it takes to do your part is a simple click.
Since the tweet went viral, a lot of companies have jumped on the bandwagon to help. Microsoft retweeted and then added this call to action:
Amazon pitched in and added an inspiring message.
Game Stop also joined in on the fun.
And even actor Aaron Paul decided to use his following to help Carter get his nuggets — a noble and selfless act, really.
Wendy's is retweeting people who help out, so you may get your 15 seconds of Internet fame if you retweet. For now, we'll just have to wait and see if Carter will get his nuggets. I'm personally waiting until the memes start rolling in.