A Cruise Ship for 2 Million Retweets? Turns Out It's Too Good to Be True
Two million retweets is all it takes to have Royal Caribbean give you one of their cruise ships. Or so the Internet — and, we admit it, this website — was led to believe by a man named Dylan Baer, who tweeted a screen shot of a direct message between himself and the cruise ship company on April 2, asking "how many retweets" it would take "for a boat." The company responded saying, "2 million and Oasis of the Seas is all yours."
That's what we thought.
We should have called RC to confirm that this was legit, because the cruise line tweeted soon after we published, saying that the guy had basically made it all up. All it takes to produce a fake Twitter DM, after all, is middling Photoshop skills.
Too bad it wasn't real, because the guy got more than 553,000 retweets — and counting. He even received a response from Carter Wilkerson, the guy infamous for asking how many retweets it would take to get a year of free chicken nuggets.
Then again, it's all for the better for the hoaxer. What do you do with it when they give you a 5,400-passenger "boat"?