Slate’s mistakes for the week of Nov. 25.

Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of Nov. 25.

Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of Nov. 25.

Slate's mistakes.
Nov. 29 2013 9:00 AM


Slate’s mistakes.

In a Nov. 27 Vault post, Rebecca Onion mischaracterized a Sikh ceremonial knife, or kirpan, as "fake," having presumed it was a plastic replica. 

In a Nov. 26 Moneybox blog post, Matthew Yglesias included a chart that mistakenly showed the change in the federal funds rate rather than the level of the federal funds rate.

Due to an editing error, a Nov. 26 Science misidentified Erin Flynn, a graduate student working on marine life in Antarctica, as Erin Flynn Klawitter.


In a Nov. 26 Weigel blog post, Emma Roller misspelled Guantánamo Bay prisoner Mohamedou Ould Slahi's first name.

In a Nov. 26 Weigel blog post, Emma Roller misstated the number of applicants for commutation during President Obama's presidency as 5,370. The number of applicants is 5,371.

In a Nov. 25 Brow Beat post, Forrest Wickman misstated that the song "High Hopes" was "not [Bruce] Springsteen's most brilliant work lyrically." The song was originally written and recorded by Tim Scott McConnell of the Havalinas.

Due to a photo provider error, the caption on a photo in a Nov. 25 Future Tense blog post misspelled the last name of 23andMe co-founder Linda Avey.


In a Nov. 24 War Stories, Fred Kaplan misstated that the United States and the USSR needed a quarter-century of détente to reach any arms-control agreements. They needed 18 years. 

In a Nov. 23 Bad Astronomy blog post, Phil Plait incorrectly stated that Matt Smith was the 12th regeneration of the Doctor. He is the 11th regeneration and therefore the 12th Doctor. Plait apologizes for collapsing any timelines due to the temporal paradox.

In a Nov. 23 Feedback, Nicholas Duchesne misspelled the Twitter hashtag protesting the treatment of adjunct professor Margaret Mary Vojtko as #IamMaryMargaret. The hashtag is #IamMargaretMary.

In a Nov. 22 Weigel blog post featuring an interview with Joe Scarborough, Florida Senate President Don Gaetz was misidentified as Senate majority leader. In addition, David Weigel misspelled Gaetz's last name and misstated the title of Scarborough’s 2004 book Rome Wasn’t Burnt in a Day.

In a Nov. 21 Politics, David Weigel misspelled the first name of law professor Orin Kerr.

In a Sept. 24 Jurisprudence, Emily Bazelon misidentified Jeffrey Sterling as a former FBI agent. He is a former CIA agent.

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