“Drive it like you stole it,” Derek Vasquez says half-jokingly as he straps me into the cockpit of an open-wheel race-car. I crack a weak smile. This is no ordinary machine. It’s a traditional rail-type dragster with 750 horsepower which can rocket down a quarter mile of asphalt at 160 mph in under 8.5 seconds. To say I am intimidated is an understatement. I have never even sat in a dragster, let alone driven one.
During his three Soyuz flights (2008, 2011, 2016), Sergey Volkov logged 548 days in space. On the first flight, he orbited Earth in the International Space Station with Mark Kelly, husband of former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. On the last one, he flew on ISS with Mark’s twin brother, Scott. Volkov, 44, got to know the Kelly's quite well. When Gabby was shot in 2011, he understandably was devastated. "I was in Russia and, of course, our media broadcast the sad news," says Volkov.
For years, my friend Judy owned an out-of-state driver's license. When she moved to New York for a temporary job, she ended up staying. To avoid the bureaucracy of New York’s DMV, every few years she renewed her license out of state, using her parents' home address as a place of residence. That worked out fine until they passed on, and she and her sister sold the house. And therein lies the beginnings of a debacle. Without thinking, Judy let her license expire.
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".