Between original air date viewing, DVD box sets, syndicated reruns, and Netflix, I have watched the series Friends in its entirety, at minimum, dozens of time. (I say dozens so that you might assume 24, and not, say, over 40, which if I’m being honest is likely closer to the truth.) There’s one thing that I think about every time I cycle through to Season 3, and then can’t shake until…ever. It’s never resolved. You might think it’s this: Were Ross and Rachel on a break? Let’s get this out of the way.
I hate almost everything I’m about to say and am also completely contradicting myself. Just know that I know that. My beautiful wonderful sister is getting married to her longtime partner in 5 weeks, and I’ll be standing beside her as her maid of honor. (This is the part I love.) Between now and then, I’m going to attempt to lose 10 pounds and try to make it appear like there is perhaps a muscle in my arms. (This is the part I hate.)
Allow me to steal from a dear friend who knows how to make AND write about pizza in the best way. My friend Cyndi, the founder and publisher of the food lit mag Graze and an intimidatingly good cook, posted this on Instagram in the midst of our latest national shitstorm:I love this not just in a click-the-heart way. I am reminded of the power of food to bring people together. I am reminded of the unshakeable ties between food and memories.
Everything is terrible and here's that essay on Friends you didn't ask for: Ross & Rachel & The Biggest Red Herring in Millennial Pop Culture, in which I argue they WERE on a break but it doesn't MATTER: https://t.co/8iMb4QDzYo
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
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Use parentheses to separate multiple
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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".