Slate's Mistakes for the Week of Dec. 31, 2012

Slate's mistakes.
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Slate's mistakes.

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In a Jan. 3 "Brow Beat" post, David Haglund misspelled the surname of actor Kyle MacLachlan.

In a Jan. 3 “Drink,” Christian DeBenedetti stated that Three Floyds Brewing is Muncie, Ind. It is in Munster, Ind.

In a Jan. 3 "Science," Charles Seife misstated the year of cold-fusion booster Martin Fleischman's death. He died in 2012, not earlier this year.

In the Jan. 3 "Slatest PM" blog post and email newsletter, Josh Voorhees quoted a Real Clear Politics article that misidentified Sen. Heidi Heitkamp as a Republican. The North Dakota lawmaker is a Democrat.

In a Jan. 2 “Future Tense” blog post, Ed Finn incorrectly said that Philip K. Dick’s fiction predicted one in five Americans would be hooked on illegal drugs by 2013. In fact, his novel is set in 1994 and makes no such prediction. The statistic about 20 percent usage in 2013 comes from Richard Linklater’s film adaptation of Dick's novel A Scanner Darkly.

In a Jan. 2 “Weigel,” David Weigel misstated the number of Republican votes for the fiscal cliff tax deal. It was 85, not 81.

In a Jan. 1 "Sports Nut," Tom Scocca misstated the first name of former Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Jevon Kearse.

In a Jan. 1 "Slatest," Will Oremus misstated the amount of the revenue increase that President Obama initially sought in fiscal cliff negotiations. The figure was $1.6 trillion, not $1.6 billion.

In a Jan. 1 "Slatest," Will Oremus misspelled Rep. Spencer Bachus's last name.

In a Dec. 31 “Future Tense,” Evgeny Morozov misidentified the Office of Personnel Management as the Office for Personal Management.

In a Dec. 31 "Moneybox" blog post, Matthew Yglesias presented a chart showing government health care spending on different age groups in various countries and mistakenly construed it as a chart comparing health care spending of all kinds.

In a Dec. 31 "Sports Nut," Josh Levin stated that the NFL playoffs expanded to 12 teams in 1992. They expanded in 1990.

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