It might seem like smog is a problem for developed nations: Glamorous movie stars in Los Angeles, say, stuck in fancy cars that spew out enough emissions to obscure the Hollywood sign. Of course, smog is actually a problem from Dhaka to Paris. And as Tracy V. Wilson and Holly Frey explain on this episode of Stuff You Missed In History Class, a smog that enveloped London in 1952 — long before cars were clogging freeways — wreaked havoc on the city.
Most of us would feel lucky to have survived one historical maritime disaster. What a lucky person you would be to survive three terrible tragedies at sea! Okay, that's keeping the glass half full. Some would argue that not being involved in any disaster is a lot luckier. But that would make for a much more boring podcast than this episode of Stuff You Missed In History Class.
Is your car boring? Many of us can answer this question with a straightforward "yes." When the Toyota Camry and the Ford F-Series are the top-selling car and truck in the U.S., with combined 2016 sales of 1.2 million, many Americans are buying vanilla, dependable vehicles that aren't winning style (or really even substance) points. So why aren't there more cool-looking, provocative cars with new features that make you gasp?
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".