Slate’s mistakes for the week of Feb. 17.

Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of Feb. 17

Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of Feb. 17

Slate's mistakes.
Feb. 21 2014 4:45 AM


Slate’s mistakes.

In a Feb. 21 Bad Astronomy, Phil Plait misstated that a change in temperature of 18° Celsius would translate to a change of 60° Fahrenheit. The change would only be a factor of 32° F.

In a Feb. 21 Five-Ring Circus, Josh Voorhees misidentified the hockey player who had an early scoring chance for Team USA in its semifinal matchup loss to Canada. It was Phil Kessel.

In a Feb. 21 Five-Ring Circus, Edward McClelland misstated that Adolf Hitler snubbed Jesse Owens by not attending the American's medal ceremony. Hitler didn't acknowledge any winners after the first day of competition at the Berlin Games.


In a Feb. 21 Moneybox, Matthew Yglesias misattributed a chart to Susan Dynarski. It is from the Brookings Institution's Hamilton Project.

In a Feb. 21 Movies, Dana Stevens misstated when Child's Pose won at the Berlin Film Festival. It was last year, not this year.

In a Feb. 20 Future Tense blog post, Lily Hay Newman misstated that the main character in Pokemon Red Version is named Ash. He is named Red.

In a Feb. 20 Future Tense blog post, Kate Blair, Chris Kirk, and Will Oremus misstated that the valuation of Coca-Cola was less than the purchase price of WhatsApp. The numbers reflected the valuation of Coca-Cola Enterprises, a distributor of Coca-Cola products, not Coca-Cola. The chart has been updated and Coca-Cola has been removed.


In a Feb. 20 Mysteries of the Universe, Summer Ash misstated that astronomers suspect the Milky Way is a cannibal. They're sure that it is.

In a Feb. 20 The World, Joshua Keating misspelled Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland’s first name.

In a Feb. 19 Culturebox, Ben Blatt misstated in a chart that 35 percent of Walmart cheese products contain sucralose. Zero percent of Walmart cheese products contain sucralose. 

In a Feb. 19 Future Tense blog post, Eric Holthaus misstated that a January Panhandle Hook storm sunk the Edmund Fitzgerald in Lake Superior. It was a different Panhandle Hook storm in November 1975 that was responsible.


In a Feb. 19 Future Tense blog post, Tim Maurer and Robert Morgus originally suggested that Harvard professor Jonathan Zittrain created the “hourglass model” of the Internet. He did not create the model, but his book helped popularize it.

In a Feb. 19 Technology, Will Oremus misstated that SunPower was among the startups that benefit from cheap Chinese solar panels. In fact SunPower manufactures its own panels, whereas Sunrun installs panels imported from China and other countries. 

In a Feb. 19 XX Factor, Emily Bazelon misstated that RU-486 is also known as the morning-after pill. The morning-after pill is different than RU-486. Also, due to an editing error, the article misstated that journalist Lindsay Beyerstein took the abortion drug misoprostol. She bought a box of it but did not take it.

In a Feb. 18 Brow Beat, Miriam Krule misspelled the name of the TV show Battlestar Galactica.


In the Feb. 18 Family, Linda Rodriguez McRobbie misstated the rate of deaths attributed to Sudden Unexpected Infant Deaths. It’s 0.6 deaths per 1,000 live births, not 6 per 1,000.

In a Feb. 18 Five-Ring Circus, Stefan Fatsis misstated that the quadruple Axel, rather than the triple Axel, is firmly entrenched in modern figure skating.

In a Feb. 18 Moneybox blog post, Matthew Yglesias misspelled the last name of entrepreneur Marc Andreessen. 

In a Feb. 18 The Bet, Jon Nathanson misstated that Google has a design partnership with Warby Parker for Google Glass. It does not.


In a Feb. 18 The World , Joshua Keating misspelled blogger Eliot Higgins' first name.

In a Feb. 18 Weigel, David Weigel misstated that a 30-second campaign advertisement was 30 minutes.

In a Feb. 18 XX Factor, Amanda Marcotte misstated that the second season of House of Cards was released on Friday evening. It was released on Friday morning. 

In a Feb. 17 Bad Astronomy, Phil Plait misstated the width of an arcsecond. It is 1/3,600th of a degree, not 1/60th.

In a Feb. 17 Moneybox blog post, Matthew Yglesias misspelled the first name of Sen. Cory Booker and the last name of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. 

In a Feb. 16 Five-Ring Circus, Justin Peters misstated that Nick Goepper won a bronze medal in snowboarding. His medal came in slopestyle skiing.

In a Feb. 15 Outward, John Culhane misspelled the first name of Willamette football player Conner Mertens. 

In a Feb. 14 Outward, a photo caption misstated Mark Rylance's character in Twelfth Night. He played Olivia, not Viola.

In a Feb. 13 Brow Beat, L.V. Anderson referred erroneously to brown sugar in her recipe for marble pound cake. The cake contains no brown sugar.

In a Feb. 13 Brow Beat, Aisha Harris misspelled singer Miche Braden’s last name.

In a Feb. 13 Jurisprudence, James Loeffler and Moria Paz misstated both the damages sought and plaintiffs named in a civil lawsuit brought by the Wultz family. They sought $300 million, not $10 million, from Iran, Syria, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad's state sponsors, and the Bank of China. The authors also attributed Israeli government actions to the Netanyahu administration; Netanyahu was not in charge at the time. In addition, the authors stated that Israeli National Security Adviser Yaacov Amidror appeared in federal court in Washington, D.C. He submitted a notarized affidavit to the court. Finally, the authors misspelled Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen's last name.

Due to a photo provider error, a Feb. 10 Outward and a Feb. 12 Sports Nut both included a photo of Missouri football player Marvin Norman, who was misidentified as Michael Sam. 

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