Slate's Mistakes for the Week of March 19, 2012

Slate's mistakes.
March 23 2012 6:15 AM


Slate's mistakes.

Red pen

Photograph by Gabriela Insuratelu.

In a March 21 “Culturebox," Erik Sofge wrote that in the final Twilight novel, Bella and Edward have a baby son. They have a daughter.

In a March 21, “Moneybox,” Matthew Yglesias originally misspelled the name of the town in which Fage's first American plant was located. It's Johnstown, not Johnston.

In a March 21 "Politics," Will Oremus misstated the number of delegates required to win the GOP nomination. The number is 1,144, not 1,114.


In a March 20 “Culturebox” slide show, Heather Murphy misidentified the dog on Season 2 of Downton Abbey as Percy and as a “he.” The dog’s name is Isis, and she is female. (Percy is the name of the real-life dog who lives on the grounds of the filming location.)

In a March 20 "Future Tense," Patrick C. Doherty stated that "18 Colorado Rivers' worth of water" is pumped each year. A Colorado River's worth is a unit of water per time unit, not volume.

In a March 20 “Politics” article, Emily Yoffe misspelled Joseph Wheelan’s last name.

In a March 19 “Crime,” Emily Bazelon called George Zimmerman white, but his father says he identifies as Hispanic.

In a March 16 “Culturebox,” June Thomas described actress Patricia Heaton as a devout Roman Catholic. Although she was raised a Catholic, she now considers herself a Presbyterian.

In a Mar. 16 "Explainer," Will Oremus mistakenly described Alamance County, N.C., as being in Georgia. He also misread an article from the Palm Beach Post to say that a local police officer had twice gone undercover as a high-school student. The officer did so only once.

In a March 16 "XX Factor" post, Virginia Pasley misspelled Katharine Hepburn's first name.

Slate strives to correct all errors of fact. If you've seen an error in our pages, let us know at General comments should be posted in our comments sections at the bottom of each article.


The World

The Budget Disaster that Sabotaged the WHO’s Response to Ebola

Are the Attacks in Canada a Sign of ISIS on the Rise in the West?

PowerPoint Is the Worst, and Now It’s the Latest Way to Hack Into Your Computer

Is It Offensive When Kids Use Bad Words for Good Causes?

Fascinating Maps Based on Reddit, Craigslist, and OkCupid Data


The Real Secret of Serial

What reporter Sarah Koenig actually believes.


The Actual World

“Mount Thoreau” and the naming of things in the wilderness.

In Praise of 13th Grade: Why a Fifth Year of High School Is a Great Idea

Can Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu Pull Off One More Louisiana Miracle?

  News & Politics
Oct. 23 2014 3:55 PM Panda Sluggers Democrats are in trouble. Time to bash China.
Business Insider
Oct. 23 2014 2:36 PM Take a Rare Peek Inside the Massive Data Centers That Power Google
Oct. 23 2014 5:08 PM Why Is an Obscure 1968 Documentary in the Opening Credits of Transparent?
  Double X
The XX Factor
Oct. 23 2014 11:33 AM Watch Little Princesses Curse for the Feminist Cause
  Slate Plus
Oct. 23 2014 11:28 AM Slate’s Working Podcast: Episode 2 Transcript Read what David Plotz asked Dr. Meri Kolbrener about her workday.
Brow Beat
Oct. 23 2014 5:08 PM What Happens When You Serve McDonald’s to Food Snobs and Tell Them It’s Organic
Oct. 23 2014 4:36 PM Vampire Porn Mindgeek is a cautionary tale of consolidating production and distribution in a single, monopolistic owner.
  Health & Science
Bad Astronomy
Oct. 23 2014 7:30 AM Our Solar System and Galaxy … Seen by an Astronaut
Sports Nut
Oct. 20 2014 5:09 PM Keepaway, on Three. Ready—Break! On his record-breaking touchdown pass, Peyton Manning couldn’t even leave the celebration to chance.