Slate’s mistakes for the week of March 3.

Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of March 3

Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of March 3

Slate's mistakes.
March 7 2014 4:00 AM


Slate’s mistakes.

In a March 9 Bad Astronomy, Phil Plait misstated that methane has four oxygen atoms. It has four hydrogen atoms.

Due to a mistranslation by the Ana Tijoux’s label, a March 7 Brow Beat mistranslated the name of her new song (“Rio Abajo”) as “The River Below.” The official translation is “Downstream.”

In a March 7 Weigel, David Weigel misspelled Medal of Honor recipient Ross McGinnis’ last name.


In a March 7 Weigel, David Weigel misspelled radio host Michelangelo Signorile's last name.

In a March 6 Bad Astronomy, Phil Plait misstated that temperatures of Arctic water were measured using microwave detectors. The measurements were made using thermal infrared detectors.

In a March 5 Bad Astronomy, Phil Plait misstated the odds of an impact from asteroid 2014 EC in 2025 as one in 2.7 million, when they are in fact one in 144 million. 

In a March 5 XX Factor, Amanda Hess misspelled Jeopardy! contestant Arthur Chu's last name.


In a March 4 Behold, Jordan G. Teicher misspelled Goodmon Field, home of the Durham, N.C., Bulls.

In a March 4 Culturebox, Adrian Van Young misidentified American Horror Story as an AMC series. It airs on FX.

In a March 3 Future Tense blog post, Will Oremus misspelled the name of the automaker Audi. 

In a March 3 Outward, Mark Stern linked the words "far from fanciful" to a TopekasNews article​ that claimed a restaurant had ejected a gay man telling him "no gay eating here." The article is a hoax. The words now link to a ​Chickasha Express-Star article about a gay man who alleges he was ejected from a Walmart store.


In a March 3 Politics, Jillian Keenan misspelled Frederick Douglass' first name.  

In a March 3 The Bet, Jon Nathanson misstated that the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of New York issued a ruling against the founders of PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, and Cereus (Absolute Poker) in United States v. Scheinberg (2011). PokerStars and two other defendants settled the case with the prosecution in exchange for the forfeiture of over $731 million.

In a March 3 Vault, Rebecca Onion misidentified groups of WWII-era Italian prisoners-of-war as "Italian Special Units." The correct designation is "Italian Service Units."

In a March 3 XX Factor, Amanda Marcotte misidentified Dartmouth College as Dartmouth University. 


In a March 1 Foreigners, Mary Mycio misspelled the name of the Berkut, Ukraine's special police.

In a March 1 War Stories, Fred Kaplan misspelled the name of the Ukrainian city Lviv.

In a Feb. 28 Low Concept, Dahlia Lithwick and Mark Joseph Stern implied that Virginia state Sen. Thomas Garrett's anti-sodomy bill applied to all Virginians. Garrett amended it on Jan. 15 to apply exclusively to minors.

In a Feb. 28 Roads & Kingdoms, Tik Root misstated that the attack on the USS Cole took place in 2001. The attack was in 2000. ​

In a Feb. 27 Bad Astronomy, Phil Plait misstated, based on an error in a NASA press release, that Kappa Cassiopeiae was moving through the galaxy at 1,100 km/sec. The star is actually moving at about the same speed the Sun is. 

In a Feb. 10 Double X, Emily Bazelon misstated that prosecutors have pointed out in the local press that Patricia Esparza has "changed some details of her story." The reference to this in the Los Angeles Times, which the sentence links to, comes from court records. 

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