When all eyes are on you come Christmas morning and the gift you open is rubbish, you go into amateur actor mode. You try to grin and fail, do your best to look like you love it but ultimately perform a terrible attempt at hiding your true, embarrassed and deflated feelings. But it turns out the real trick to getting away with pretending to like something you hate is all to do with showing your actual feelings after all. Confused? So were we...at first.
We asked readers to reveal the worst Christmas gift they've ever received - and we've had sackfuls of entries. The Mirror asked readers to share their worst Christmas presents on behalf of the Department of Unwanted Gifts (DOUG) - the fictitious body set up to combat Britain's rubbish present giving epidemic. The expert elves at DOUG are unfortunately no strangers to these kind of Christmas morning horror stories.
The Department Of Unwanted Gifts (DOUG) is gearing up for its busiest period, and it needs your help. DOUG - the body set up to combat Britain's rubbish Christmas present crisis - disposes of the terrible presents you give and receive, but their silos are at breaking point. They've already had to extend their Novelty Onesie Annexe twice in the past three years. And their selfie stick cupboard is now creaking under the weight of all those unwanted rods. “What can I do to help?” you ask.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".