Slate’s mistakes for the week of Dec. 30.

 Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of Dec. 30.

 Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of Dec. 30.

Slate's mistakes.
Jan. 3 2014 4:45 AM


Slate’s mistakes.

In a Jan. 3 Education column, Rebecca Schuman misstated the low end of fees for the MLA conference. It is $75, not $100.

In a Jan. 3 Television, Willa Paskin misspelled the character Molesley's name.

In a Jan. 2 Business Insider, Jay Yarow quoted a memo from Western Union calling the telephone an "idiotic" idea. The memo is a fabrication.


In an Dec. 31 Bad Astronomy, Phil Plait misstated that liquid magma under the Earth's surface convects, driving tectonics. It's the plastic-like mantle which does this.

In a Dec. 31 Drink, Kara Newman misstated that Star Trek wine had been released for the TV show's 50th anniversary. Star Trek first aired in 1966, and its 50th anniversary will be in 2016.

In a Dec. 31 Slatest, Mark Joseph Stern described California's most recent redistricting as having been drawn by Republican gerrymander. The state's redistricting was done by nonpartisan commission. The post's wording has been updated to reflect this fact.

In a Dec. 30 Business Insider, Joe Weisenthal wrote that the economist Richard Koo is Japanese. He is Taiwanese-American.


Due to a production error, the caption for a Dec. 30 Science described Arwen and Aragorn as half-elf and half-human. Their lineage is apparently much more complicated than that.

In a Dec. 30 TV Club, Maureen Ryan misidentified the Headless Horseman's superheated ax as a superheated sword.

In a Dec. 26 Slatest about Israel’s newly announced prisoners-for-settlements deal, Mark Joseph Stern mistakenly described each planned new housing unit as a "settlement." The deal calls for the construction of 1,400 new homes, spread among an unspecified number of settlements.

In a Dec. 23 Future Tense, Matthew Yglesias misidentified the source of the "All Your Base Are Belong to Us" meme. It comes from the Sega Mega Drive version of Zero Wing, not Zero Drive.

In a Dec. 27, 2013 History, David Plotz misstated how many women and men were photographed in a Life spread about divorce in Los Angeles. There were 22 women and two men, not 23 women and one man.

In a Feb 8, 2010 Politics, Ben Eidelson misstated that since 1991 there have only been four Senate filibusters, making it 0.03 percent of the total. It represents 3 percent of the total.

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