Even the geographically inept are probably aware that not every country drives on the right side of the road, as we do in North America. For some, that moment of clarity may come when watching James Bond eject some henchman from his Aston Martin; for others, it may happen during a tragic car accident on Downton Abbey . I saw my first right-hand-drive car as a kid, when my friends’ parents started driving the non-export model of a Japanese minivan for some reason.
In previous looks at the Continental Divide, the backbone of North America, we've discovered a creek that flows into two different oceans and a mountain peak that drains into three . But you have to go to Yellowstone National Park to see the world's only natural lake that drains into more than one ocean. Well, it's really more of a pond.
Despite America's vast expanse and melting pot of different ethnic and linguistic influences, its geography is, by and large, pretty easy to pronounce. Apart from the odd one-letter stowaway—the second 'c' in "Connecticut," the 's' in "Arkansas," the confusing 'e' at the end of "Spokane"—what you see on the map is generally what you say. Americans will even go so far as to change the pronunciation of the most famous places on the planet so they'll be spelled phonetically.
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".