How much would you pay to meet the perfect long-term partner? Of course there’s a certain awkwardness to even thinking about money in the same breath as love; some kinds of value don’t feel right expressed in dollars. But very few things will have as much impact on the course of your life as meeting a person you want to spend that life with. It should make economic sense to pay a bit more to increase the probability of finding a long-term partner.
Imagine if marathon runners were ranked simply by averaging their time across every course they ran. Some courses are clearly harder than others, and runners can choose which races to enter, so a runner could always improve her ranking by refusing to run on difficult courses. Even sillier would be to rank runners by their average finish position across all races: a world-class professional could just run against high-schoolers and finish first without even trying.
Perhaps the gods punish us for our shallowness. We assume the beautiful stranger will be charming (he won’t), that the stylish chair will be supremely comfortable (it isn’t), that the vibrant heaps of gelato will taste as good as they look. Ada Palmer knows better. A professor of Renaissance history at the University of Chicago who moonlights, simultaneously, as an author of science fiction and a gelato aficionado, Palmer can spot good gelato from five metres away.
Hi @VirginAtlantic! I booked a ticket with you NYC-LON because of your sterling reputation. A week before the flight, you involuntarily switched me to a @Delta flight which was then delayed 3.5 hours due to airline error (I have this signed and confirmed by Delta rep)
Hi @Delta! My NYC-LON flight was delayed 3.5 hours due to your airline error (I have this signed and confirmed by delta rep at airport). Your airline has offered me compensation of $100 in travel vouchers. Does that sounds reasonable to you?
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".