These ghost lights are a common legend with encounters going back hundreds of years. In the United Kingdom and later the United States, they were often called will-o’-wisps. “Whether called Ignus Fatuus, Jack o’ Lantern, or Will o’ the Wisp, there can be no doubt that these nocturnal lights are real phenomena, susceptible of a scientific explanation, when all the facts are collected and compared,” Charles Dickens wrote back in 1871.
It was about a year ago when an accidental image popping up in a search led me down a path into antiques and greater questions about humankind’s slow descent into stupidity and thoughtlessness. I was doing research on the “Nephilim Giants” when I stumbled across a photograph of a postcard leading me to a Flickr account. As amusing as the image was, the text beneath it was truly mind-boggling:Yes, you read that right.
People see the strangest things in the most unlikely places. From the Dutchess of Cambridge on a Jelly Belly to varicose veins that spell, we see what we want to see; and it seems a whole lot of people want to see Jesus. He is everywhere, after all. Even on Walmart receipts, apparently. But where could he possibly turn up next? Enter Sarah Crane, 38, from Orpington, England. This time, the image of Jesus appeared on her clothesline.
In just a few more weeks, I'll be taking a much-needed vacation. First time in Florida, first time without an itinerary.
But that doesn't mean I'm not looking for weird suggestions of things to see around Ft. Lauderdale.
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".