The "ask and you shall receive" Twitter trend is hardly a new one. It was almost a full year ago when that kid asked Wendy's for free nuggets for a year and got his wish, despite coming up nearly 15 million retweets short of the fast-food chain's request. Should getting things be this easy? I'm not sure, but if it works, no one's going to stop any time soon.
Most of these requests start out as fun and games, until the RTs start flowing in and things get real. Just ask whoever runs the University of Toledo Twitter account, which jokingly said the school will change it's name to "Shrek" if a certain tweet was retweeted over 500,000 times. Once it became apparent that it was going to happen, and the Miami Hurricanes would be traveling to play the Toledo Shreks in week three, the University cowardly deleted the tweet and pretended it never happened. The power of the Twitter mob claimed its latest victim.
On the same day, a man direct messaged the Betty Crocker Twitter account, asking how many retweets he'd need to bring Dunkaroos back. Betty Crocker idiotically responded by saying just "150,000", which can be had at the snap of a finger on Twitter these days. As he quickly eclipsed the number, Dunkaroos, the sugary snack featuring mini cookies and icing to dip them in, we're officially BACK:
Or so we thought. Apparently, the tweet request was fake, according to Salt Lake City's KUTV-TV, who reached General Mills for comment:
Mike Siemienas, General Mills spokesman, said the image appears to be a PhotoShop rendering and the company did not respond to the inquiry about how many retweets it would take to return the discontinued snack to the United States.
"We love hearing from consumers and we hear from them all the time whenever we discontinue a product because we know someone will miss our products," Siemienas told 2News.
He added that there are no plans to reintroduce Dunkaroos in American, but emphasized that General Mills wants to "know our consumers' thoughts and we appreciate them."
We've truly entered bizarro world. In one week we've learned you can't trust MAC Football programs, the extremely level-headed Kanye West OR Betty Crocker, who, while fictional, seems like the most honest woman on the planet. We might as well just pack it up.