Our twin set of pit bulls practically escorted the postal carrier right up to the mail slot this week just to make certain that we received the following missive from reader Marvin King:“Loved you article about pit bulls,” he writes. “They are the most misunderstood dog. They are full of love. They want to be part of the family, not just put in the backyard with a bowl of water. “I rescued one from an alcoholic neighbor,” continues King.
A long time ago, when we were all young and we could do anything we wanted to our body without consequence, we and our wife’s side of the family held a Thanksgiving dinner contest in their home in Carroll Park to see who could gain the most weight in one sitting. Because we’re just naturally athletic, we won in the gross-weight category, adding 10 pounds to our stout frame.
Our physician, Dr. Killjoy, told us he wanted us to lose 20 pounds. Yes, and we want a free boat, but nobody ever gives us one. “Just 20?” we asked, thinking that could perhaps be doable if we throw a leg away. “Well, I’d like you to lose more, but I don’t want to seem greedy.”This isn’t a diet column. We’re not asking for your support or diet tips, nor are we chronicling our every meal and trip to the mythical gym or videotaping ourself not eating pie. It’s just an explanation for why we walk now.
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".