Q: Yesterday, I bought some 3 Musketeers candy bars, which prompted me to tell a friend that I thought I remembered in the olden days when I was young that 3 Musketeers came in three different flavors in one bar. Do you remember that? I sure hope I’m right, but a lot of times I’m not. Charlsie Vunovic, of Granite City A: Looks like you’ve always had a sweet spot in your memory for this still popular confection — perhaps because it once boosted your popularity with classmates.
Q: For months, I was seeing previews for “Black Panther” every time I went to the theater. I’m curious about his history. How long has he been around and how’d he get so popular as to break box-office records? Bob Hopkins, of Collinsville A: If publishers keep hauling characters down from the comics attic and dusting them off, it appears they eventually can turn just about anything or anybody into a box-office blockbuster. Just look at Groot, which (whom?) I wrote about three years ago.
Q: I guess this may be a little out of date, but I really wish you could tell me what happened to Ralph Graczak on KMOX. I still miss his style on the station’s overnight show. A: When it came to teeing up a job change, the man who glided you through the wee hours with his mellifluous voice landed a hole-in-one that few men would dare dream of.
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".