All we asked, Mother Nature, was for one perfectly clear day across the entire continental United States. Monday, August 21, to be exact. But no such luck. According to Accuweather , clouds and smoke from wildfires across the Northwest might impede some amateur astronomers' views of the total and partial solar eclipse . Fires across Oregon have already closed areas around Mount Jefferson , where many were planning to enjoy the first total solar eclipse in 38 years.
We've heard of snail-mail getting to its recipients against all odds quite a few times here at Condé Nast Traveler. There was the letter that had a hand-drawn map instead of an address on its envelope that was successfully delivered to a farm in West Iceland last year. There's Potato Parcel , that delivers your message around the world, etched into a potato. But in France, one regular, run-of-the-mill postcard had a little more trouble getting to its destination than a map-dress or stamped potato.
Hotels in the path of the U.S.'s total solar eclipse have been booked up for months. Airbnb hosts have been charging thousands of dollars for homes in rural areas that would usually cost a few hundred dollars a night. Cars have been rented, though several hundred people have been left in the lurch after Hertz cancelled their eclipse rentals due to overbooking. But, if you didn't jump on the solar eclipse planning train when we told you to late last year , there's still hope.
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".