Slate's mistakes for the week of May 28, 2012.

Slate's Mistakes for the week of May 28, 2012.

Slate's Mistakes for the week of May 28, 2012.

Slate's mistakes.
June 1 2012 7:03 AM


Slate's mistakes.

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Photograph by Gabriela Insuratelu.

In the June 1 “Books,” a photo caption provided by Getty Images misidentified Michael Thomas-Faria, a groom at a same-sex wedding, as Frank Faria.

In the May 31 “War Stories,” Fred Kaplan referred to "the 60 years" since the Cuban Missile Crisis. It was 50 years ago. He also misquoted Robert Kennedy as saying, "The circumstances for doing so [confronting the Soviet threat] at some future time were bound to be more favorable." Kennedy said the circumstances would be “more unfavorable.”

In the May 30 “Design,” Heather Murphy implied that, according to scholar Jenny Pynt, the first chairs emerged in ancient Egypt. Although that is the earliest seating Pynt explores in her book, imagery of seating goes back further to Neolithic Times. A photo caption in the article misidentified the Herman Miller Embody chair as the Knoll Generation chair and vice versa.


In a May 30 “Technology,” Will Oremus misstated the year that Hulu launched in the United States. It was 2008, not 2009.

In a May 29 “Brow Beat” post, Forrest Wickman misidentified The Royal Tenenbaums character Richie Tenenbaum as Chas Tenenbaum. (Chas Tenenbaum is the other Tenenbaum brother.)

In the May 29 “Culturebox,” June Thomas originally and incorrectly referred to the difference between live and delayed viewing of telecasts of the Beijing Olympics as a “VCR jump” rather than a “DVR jump.”

In a May 29 “Science,” Robert Bryce misspelled Pennsylvania.


In a May 29 “Spectator,” Ron Rosenbaum misspelled the name of the editor of Larkin’s Complete Poems as “Archie Bennett.” The editor’s name is Archie Burnett.

In a May 26 “Gallery,” Katy Waldman stated that fewer than 25 living American veterans of World War I remain. The last U.S. veteran died last year, at 110.

In a May 22 “Politics,” David Weigel misspelled Chris Kossmann’s last name.

In a May 22 “TV Club,” Julia Turner misstated the name of the play Megan and Don took in. It was America Hurrah.

In a May 21 “Politics,” John Dickerson misspelled Steve Rattner’s last name.

In an April 13 "Walking," Tom Vanderbilt misspelled Peter Lagerwey's last name.

A Feb. 22 “Culture Gabfest” credited the Downton Abbey anachronisms video to Slate. The video was made by Ben Zimmer.

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