This first appeared on MUNCHIES in June 2014. When you're choosing a place to eat, how much do you factor in the rating from the Department of Health? Personally, I barely think about it. Far more important to me is—is it close to me? Does the dining area look okay enough? If it's a restaurant or food truck I'm unfamiliar with, then I'll consider the Yelp rating.
It’s not the tagline to an especially nerdy sequel for The Ring, but it is the idea behind an infamous internet creepypasta known as Sonic.exe. Creepypasta is internet slang for any urban legend that originated from online sharing. It stems from “copypasta,” which is a portmanteau of “copy/paste.” Creepypastas are the spooky version of text copied and sent around the web, with Slenderman perhaps the most famous example.
Remember when we thought hoverboards would be the coolest part of living in the future? Well, it turns our sad, so-called hoverboards suck, and rideable drones are where it’s really at. Just watch this soccer official swoop in with the game ball for the Portuguese Cup Final on Sunday. This high-end toy makes the mundane task of ball delivery heroic—even super heroic.
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 Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
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, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
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".