The world record for retweets could be broken over a request for free chicken nuggets

It began quietly. This morning, Carter Wilkerson‏ asked Wendy’s Twitter account how many retweets he would need to earn a free year’s supply of chicken nuggets.
Like most tweets shouted out to the faceless void of #brand Twitter accounts, it should have ended there.
Except: Wendy’s responded.

18 million retweets. Carter was given an impossible task. A job no one could pull off. In the history of Twitter, the most retweeted tweet ever remains Ellen’s selfie from the Oscars, at 3.3 million retweets, and that was with the star power of 12 of America’s biggest TV and film stars, the hype of the Oscars, and the marketing power of Samsung all behind it. Carter would need 5.45 times that many people to achieve Wendy’s sisyphean task. It should have ended there.
Except: Carter tweeted the following:

At the time of this post, Carter’s tweet has over half a million retweets in under 20 hours. And while that’s a far cry from the 18 million he’ll need to achieve chicken nugget nirvana, if he can keep garnering tweets at the rate he’s going, he’ll break Ellen’s record in a few days. And from there? Anything could happen.

And Twitter does claim to have 313 million active users. Which means that if Carter can appeal to a mere 5.7507987 percent of them, then Wendy’s could be forced to pay up.

Obviously, this is an easy social media win for Wendy’s. Should Carter win, its could fulfill its debt with, say, a bare minimum of a four-piece nugget per day, which in Carter’s hometown of Reno, Nevada, comes out to $395 (including tax, but not including the costs associated with ketchup packets), in exchange for bountiful free publicity. That works out to 12,328.76 retweets for each of the 1,460 nuggets Carter would enjoy.
Whether or not Carter succeeds, it’s up to all of us to try. There exists no more virtuous goal that could unite this often divided social network. So I ask you, fellow Twitter users: join together and help this man con Wendy’s out of a years worth of free chicken nuggets.

The San Diego Padres continue to sign pitcher who can’t play

Each season the San Diego Padres re-sign their second-round pick from the 1993 draft, even though he hasn’t played in nearly 20 years.

After former pitcher Matt LaChappa had a heart attack in the bullpen in 1996, he sustained brain damage, cutting his career short and confining him to a wheelchair.

Priscilla Oppenheimer, who was the director of Minor League operations when LaChappa had his heart attack, told Steve Bisheff of the Orange County Register in 2013 that LaChappa had a virus around his heart that went undetected during a physical.

To help LaChappa keep his health insurance and a steady income, the Padres re-sign him to a minor league contract each season.

“It’s our way of saying to Matt that you’re a Padre for life. When Larry Lucchino (the team’s former president who now holds the same position with the Red Sox) was here, he said that’s the way it should be. And as long as I’m here, that’s the way it’s going to stay.”

Nothing has changed for the Padres or LaChappa. With the MLB regular season underway, the Padres have once again re-signed LaChappa to a minor league contract, a team spokesperson told BI.

Minor league contracts are not lucrative — about $3,000 to $7,500 for a five-month season, according to Michael McCann — but they come with benefits.

Matt’s father, Clifford LaChappa, told Corey Bocker of MLB.com, “When this first happened, we weren’t sure if he was going to live or die. But the Padres made such a commitment to making Matt a Padre for life. For them to do that, it shows you that sports aren’t just about winning, it’s also about caring for the players.”

Kentucky coal museum switching to solar power

(CNN) You wouldn’t expect a museum dedicated to the coal industry to run on anything other than coal — but a mining museum in Kentucky is soon to be solar powered.

Communications director Brandon Robinson told CNN affiliate WYMT that the project “will help save at least eight to ten thousand dollars, off the energy costs on this building alone.”

Robinson also said that the project was funded through an outside foundation, WYMT reported. The project includes 20 solar panels installed by Bluegrass Solar

The owner of Bluegrass, Tre Sexton, believes the system will pay for itself. “I think everybody knows when we’re talking about attractions like this — these high-volume, low-traffic municipal attractions — something has got to give, to keep their expenses down.”

Sexton told WYMT that an average house could be run by 20 panels that would cost around $17,000 or $20,000 — but the system would pay itself off within five to seven years.

“It is a little ironic,” Robinson said to WYMT, “But you know, coal and solar and all the different energy sources work hand-in-hand. And, of course, coal is still king around here.”

Israel postpones vote due to Britney Spears concert

The singer is set to perform her first concert in Tel Aviv on July 3, the same day as the Israeli Labor Party’s primary election. Leave it to Britney to shake up international politics.

“We delayed the vote one day, to July 4. We couldn’t hire enough security for the election because of the Britney Spears concert on July 3. There would also be a lot of traffic and roadblocks that would make it hard for the vote to go ahead,” Labor Party spokesman Liron Zach said.

The primary election will decide who becomes chairman of the party. The elected official will then enter the running to be prime minister.

“We aren’t concerned about voters favoring Spears over the party. The two main concerns are security and traffic,” Zach said. The concert is being held at Yarkon Park, right across the street from the Tel Aviv exhibition grounds where polling is set to take place. This will be Britney’s first time performing in Israel, and her first world tour since 2011. The concert is part of her Asia tour that includes performances in Japan and the Philippines. While it’s unclear if party officials plan on attending the concert, it appears the rest of Tel Aviv wants a piece of Britney.

Venezuela frees Pepsi workers it arrested for not making enough Pepsi

Employees at a Pepsi-Cola Venezuela plant have been freed after being detained by the government for halting operations, Empresas Polar, the owner of the local Pepsi division, said late on Sunday.

The company blamed the production pause on a lack of raw materials but the country’s president, Nicolas Maduro, has routinely accused Polar, the country’s largest food and beverage producer, of slowing production or hoarding goods to spur product shortages in the Opec nation’s struggling economy.

“Pepsi-Cola Venezuela managed to obtain full freedom for its Caucagua plant workers, who were arbitrarily detained on Friday,” tweeted Polar, which has denied Maduro’s claims.

Polar said labor ministry inspectors arrested several workers on Friday and ordered the reactivation of its plant in the town of Caucagua in the central state of Miranda.

Reuters was unable to immediately obtain comment from the government.

Polar said production lines were halted because of delays due to the country’s currency control system that left it unable to import the necessary raw materials.

Venezuelan media reported that labor ministry inspectors, along with local police, ordered the arrest of the manager, two human resources workers and a lawyer at the plant.

Maduro has described the country’s chronic product shortages as the product of an “economic war” led by opposition leaders and private companies.

His critics say currency controls have left companies unable to obtain imported machine parts and raw materials while price controls have made it unprofitable to produce many basic consumer goods.

The decaying state-led model created by the late socialist leader Hugo Chavez has also suffered heavily from the collapse in 2014 in the price of oil, which provides nearly all of the country’s export revenue.

The ruling Socialist party lost control of Congress for the first time in 16 years in a sweeping opposition victory in December that was driven largely by anger over the economic crisis.