Slate’s mistakes for the week of May 13.

Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of May 13

Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of May 13

Slate's mistakes.
May 17 2013 3:00 AM


Slate’s mistakes.

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A May 17 "Brow Beat" blog post, Aisha Harris misstated the penultimate line on Cheers. Sam Malone calls himself the “luckiest son of a bitch on Earth,” not the “luckiest son of a bitch in the world.”

In a May 17 "Future Tense" blog post, Ryan Gallagher misstated the location of the seminar in which a Dutch member of European Parliament criticized the European Commission. It was in Brussels, Belgium, not Strasbourg, France.

In a May 17 “Science,” Jake Blumgart misstated the date on which ballots are due for Portland’s fluoridation vote. They are due on May 21, not March 21.

In a May 17 “Weigel” blog post, David Weigel misspelled Washington Post reporter Carol Leonnig’s last name.


In a May 16 “Brow Beat” post, June Thomas originally stated that next season of How I Met Your Mother will take place over the course of Ted’s wedding weekend. In fact, it is Robin and Barney’s wedding.

Due to an editing error, a May 16 "Drink" article by Adrienne So originally said that grain is boiled to make beer. Actually, grain is steeped in hot water; it’s the resulting liquid, called wort, that is boiled.

In a May 16 "Moneybox" blog post, Matthew Yglesias said Iceland's unemployment rate is below 5 percent when in fact its current OECD harmonized unemployment rate is 5.1 percent.

In a May 15 “Anything Once,” Seth Stevenson misstated the last name of the co-owner of La Casa day spa. She is Jane Goldberg, not Jane Goldman.


In a May 15 "Completist" on Star Trek, Matthew Yglesias mistakenly referred to proton torpedoes rather than photon torpedoes. He also confused the Star Trek: Enterprise episode "Terra Prime" with the similarly named episode "Terra Nova."

In a May 15 “Future Tense,” Dan Gillmor misidentified the Committee to Protect Journalists’ Journalist Security Guide as the Journalists Security Guide.

In a May 14 “Human Nature,” William Saletan originally said that in 2007, the number of deaths coded as P96.4 ("termination of pregnancy, newborn") at 24 weeks gestation or later was three. The cases are tabulated in three lines, but the total number of cases was five. This does not change the estimate of post-viability cases attributed solely to P96.4.

In a May 14 “Weigel” blog post, David Weigel referenced two news stories as being published in 2012 that were actually published in 2013.


In a May 13 "Bad Astronomy" blog post, Phil Plait wrote that the Monte Argentario promontory was on the eastern coast of Italy. It's actually on the western. Also, due to the last minute addition of a picture, the total count in the gallery went from 15 to 16, but the title was not updated.

In the May 13 “Hive,” Mark Joseph Stern misstated the location of the first Barefoot Contessa store, suggested that Jeffrey Garten gave her résumé to Henry Kissinger, and said that she worked for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

In a May 13 “Politics,” David Weigel misspelled Tarini Parti’s last name.

In a May 13 "TV Club," Mac Rogers misquoted Steven Moffat as promising "surprises and secrets" in Doctor Who's finale, not "surprises and questions." It also misstated the title of Ryan Gosling's upcoming movie—it is How to Catch a Monster, not How to Make a Monster.

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