Slate's Mistakes for the Week of Nov. 19, 2012

Slate's mistakes.
Nov. 23 2012 6:25 AM

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Slate's mistakes.

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In a Nov. 21 "Holidays," Farhad Manjoo reversed a formula for determining the proper size of a TV based on its distance from the viewer's seat.

In a Nov. 20 "Future Tense" blog post, Fruzsina Eördögh incorrectly stated that the Time magazine list of the 100 most influential video games did not include any racing games. It included OutRun, a racing game that was first released in 1986.

In a Nov. 20 “Holidays,” Miriam Krule and Noam Prywes wrote that Thanksgiving is the third Thursday in November. It is the fourth Thursday.

In a Nov. 20 “Politics,” John Dickerson misidentified Sen. Ben Nelson as Bill Nelson.

In a Nov. 19 “Bad Astronomy,” Phil Plait stated that sociology, linguistics, anthropology, and other sciences indicate that the Earth is billions of years old. Those sciences establish that Earth is much more than a few thousand years old, but other sciences established the precise age of the Earth. He also stated that Kappa Andromedae is 50 light-years away. It is 50 parsecs, or 170 light-years, away.

In a Nov. 19 “Jurisprudence,” Emily Bazelon originally characterized a law at issue in Florida as involving voter ID. It involved early voting. She also misidentified civil rights activist Medgar Evers as Medgar Evans.

In a Nov. 19 “Moneybox” post, Matthew Yglesias misspelled Barnes & Noble.

In a Nov. 19 “Explainer,” L.V. Anderson misspelled the last name of singer Cliff Richard.

In a Nov. 13 “Jurisprudence,” Emily Bazelon identified Mike Reynolds as the father of Polly Klaas. Marc Klaas is the father of Polly Klaas, and Mike Reynolds is the father of an 18-year-old woman killed in 1992.

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