Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of April 7

Slate's mistakes.
April 11 2014 4:34 AM


Slate’s mistakes.

In an April 12 Brow Beat, Sharan Shetty misstated that Speakerboxxx/Love Below was the only hip-hop record to win the Grammy for Best Album of the Year. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill also accomplished the feat.

In an April 11 Books, Katy Waldman misidentified The New Yorker's George Packer as James Packer. 

In an April 10 Bad Astronomy, Phil Plait misstated the distance from Earth to Mars as 45 million miles. The correct distance is 55 million miles. 


In an April 10 Books, Tomas Hachard misstated the date of a Walt Whitman description of office workers. It was written circa 1856, not 1936.

Due to an editing error, the headline of an April 10 Moneybox blog post misstated that immigrants hold half of all U.S. patents annually. Those patents are actually held by noncitizens of foreign origin.

In an April 10 Moneybox blog post, Alison Griswold misstated when Walmart made the announcement that it would offer organic food products. It was on Thursday, not Wednesday.

In an April 10 Wild Things, Ben Mirin misstated the name of the gallery at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass., in which zebra finches are playing guitar. It's the Barton Gallery, not the Parker Family Gallery.

In an April 8 Bad Astronomy, Phil Plait misstated the name of the website UFO Sightings Daily as UFO Daily. 

In an April 8 Feed the World, Joshua Keating misstated that Lester Brown noted that Iowa alone grows more wheat than all of Canada. Iowa grows more grain than Canada.

A home page headline for an April 8 Future Tense originally misstated that California’s snowpack this year was 10 percent of the usual amount. It is 25 percent of the usual amount.

In an April 7 Future Tense blog post, Lily Hay Newman misstated that lawyer Mitch Jackson currently uses Google Glass throughout his day. He actually has only written hypothetically about how he would use Glass in his practice.

In an April 7 XX Factor, Jessica Grose misspelled radio commentator Mike Francesa's last name.

In an April 5 Bad Astronomy, Phil Plait misspelled the first name of Steinar Midtskogen of the Norwegian Meteor Network.

In an April 5 Business Insider, Jim Edwards mischaracterized the dominance of iPhone users over Android users in certain areas in his maps. Because iPhone users were layered on top of Android users, Android usage appeared less dense in some areas. The post and some of the maps have been updated to reflect iPhone users and Android users separately. 

In an April 4 Movies, Dana Stevens misstated former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's age. He is 81, not 82.

In an April 3 Science, Eric Michael Johnson misstated W.D. Hamilton's graduate school and the publication date of his groundbreaking papers on kin selection. He went to graduate school at University College London and the London School of Economics, not Cambridge University. He submitted the papers in 1963; they were published in 1964.

In an April 3 Television, Willa Paskin misspelled the name of Germany's Weimar era.

In an April 3 XX Factor, Amanda Hess misstated that an abstinence exercise using a Peppermint Pattie was taught in Oxford, Miss., schools. Although the curriculum is taught in other Mississippi school districts, parents successfully lobbied for it not to be taught in Oxford. The post has been updated to reflect this information.

In a March 31 Behold, David Rosenberg misidentified the location of where the Baker family's photo was taken. The photo was shot in front of an out-of-use gas station, not at the family's home. 

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