Slate’s mistakes for the week of March 10.

Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of March 10

Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of March 10

Slate's mistakes.
March 14 2014 4:30 AM


Slate’s mistakes.

In a March 14 Brow Beat, L.V. Anderson misstated that Part 1 of "History of the Quidditch World Cup" was around 1,000 words. It's closer to 1,700. 

In a March 14 Brow Beat, Miriam Krule misstated that Jesse Sheidlower is the editor at large of the Oxford English Dictionary. He is no longer at the OED.

In a March 14 Future Tense blog post, Lily Hay Newman misstated that the cost of the National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coins is either $35, $10, or $5 dollars. These figures are actually surcharges added to the price, which will depend on factors like the market rate for the precious metals.


In a March 14 Gaming, Stefan Fatsis incorrectly listed Dumpster as an unplayable word in Scrabble. Dumpster is allowed.

In a March 14 Outward, Amy Bass misspelled Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s last name.

In a March 14 Weigel, David Weigel misspelled Pierre Omidyar's last name. He also misstated that J. Freedom du Lac is black. Du Lac is Asian-American.

In a March 14 XX Factor, Hanna Rosin misspelled Warren Buffett's last name.


In a March 13 Politics, David Weigel misstated that Dana Rohrabacher was discussing H.R. 2240 in his speech to the Marijuana Policy Project. He was discussing H.R. 1523.

Due to an editing error, a March 12 Future Tense blog post misstated that a resident of a collapsed building called to report a smell of gas 20 minutes before the explosion in Harlem. The call apparently came from someone who lives nearby, but not in an affected building.

In a March 12 Future Tense blog post, Lily Newman misstated that March 12 was the anniversary of the Internet. It was the anniversary of the Web. While they are often used interchangeably, they are distinct. She also misstated that this year marks the 24th anniversary of someone registering a ".com" Web address. It marks the 29th anniversary. 

In a March 12 Future Tense, Jeff Wise misstated airliners' communication capabilities. All radio-wave communications are limited in range to somewhere between 100 and 200 miles, but airliners are also generally equipped with high-frequency (aka shortwave) radios that have essentially unlimited range. These make it generally possible to contact planes even over the middle of the ocean—though this doesn't always work.


Due to a production error, the image accompanying the March 12 Movies was misidentified as a scene from Nymphomaniac: Vol. 1. The image was from a music video; it was removed and replaced with a still from the correct film. The caption was also corrected to identify Stacy Martin as the woman in the still, not Charlotte Gainsbourg.

In a March 12 Weigel, David Weigel misstated that a series of YouTube videos humorously inserting Mitch McConnell into ’90s sitcom credits was created by McConnell’s campaign. The campaign did not make the videos.

In a March 11 Future Tense, Eric Holthaus linked to the Tucson Weekly, but neglected to put the paper's description of of Tucson, Ariz., as "off-the-charts poor" in quotes. 

In a March 11 Future Tense, Josephine Wolff, citing an Associated Press report, misstated that two airlines will be able to access Interpol’s Stolen and Lost Travel Documents database in a test initiative. The two airlines will “be able to screen information against Interpol’s database s,” but they will not have direct access. The piece also misstated that previously, the information was provided by border control agents to Interpol. Border patrol agents were one of several groups that were able to provide the information. 


Due to a photo provider error, the caption in the photograph of a March 11 Jurisprudence misstated where the students in the photo are sitting. They're on the steps of UC–Berkeley's Doe Library, not Sproul Hall.

In a March 11 Weigel, David Weigel misstated that Tom Steyer plans to spend $100 billion in 2014 to help Democratic congressional candidates. He plans to spend $100 million.

Due to a production error, a March 11 Wild Things photo caption misstated that snails engage in penis fencing. Sea slugs engage in penis fencing; snails stab one another with penis darts.

In a March 11 XX Factor, Amanda Hess misstated the title of the book The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes.


In a March 11 XX Factor, Amanda Marcotte misattributed a quote about premarital sex to University of Virginia student Abigail Welbourn. Amy McMahon, another University of Virginia student, gave the quote.

In a March 11 XX Factor, Amanda Hess misstated that Robby O'Connor was paired with Marianna Palka. He was paired with someone else. We will update as soon as we confirm her identity.

Due to an editing error, the March 10 Behold misstated release date of the book Tokyo Adorned. It will be released on March 11, not March 18.

Due to an editing error, a March 10 Brow Beat misstated that Marcia Wallace was 60 when she died. She was 70.

In a March 10 Brow Beat, Rebecca Schuman quoted Martin Heidegger on the "fabrication" (Fabrikation) of corpses in gas chambers and death camps, and, following the Chronicle of Higher Education, suggested that Heidegger might have believed the corpses were invented, rather than manufactured. Scholars disputed this interpretation, and the sentence was removed.

In a March 10 Culturebox, Jack Hamilton misstated that Yorkshire was historically divided into four ridings. It was divided in three. He also misspelled Aleister Crowley's first name.

In a March 10 Jurisprudence, Eric Posner misidentified Grenada as Granada in a list of wars the U.S. started in violation of international law. 

In a March 7 Weigel, David Weigel misspelled National Harbor, Md.

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