Slate’s mistakes for the week of May 26.

Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of May 26

Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of May 26

Slate's mistakes.
May 30 2014 4:00 AM


Slate’s mistakes.

In a May 30 Behold, Jordan G. Teicher misstated that Congress made Yosemite a National Park in 1864. Yosemite wasn't designated a National Park until 1890. The land was preserved for public use in 1864 through the Yosemite Valley Grant Act.

In World Cup posts for The Spot, Harrison Stark misstated that his team-by-team previews were running in reverse order of the countries’ predicted finish at the World Cup. They are running in reverse order of the countries’ chances of winning the World Cup.

In a May 30 Bad Astronomy, Phil Plait misstated that the Space Dragon V2 capsule is "human-rated." The Dragon V2 has not yet passed the tests proving it meets the requirements necessary for human flight.


In a May 30 Brow Beat, L.V. Anderson misspelled the last name of the Great Gatsby character Nick Carraway.

In a May 30 The Eye, Kristin Hohenadel misspelled the last name of artist Mikael Genberg.

In a May 30 XX Factor, Katy Waldman misspelled the first name of youth tennis player Monika Kavace.

In a May 29 Culturebox, Joel Warner misstated the date of a Led Zeppelin-themed concert. It is June 8, not June 4.


The May 29 Gist misspelled mathematician Jordan Ellenberg's first name.

The May 29 Double X Gabfest misstated the title of the Robyn Schiff poem "The Houselights."

In a May 29 XX Factor, Amanda Hess misspelled the last name of author Julia Serano and misstated when her 2007 book Whipping Girl was published.

In a May 28 How Failure Breeds Success, Scott A. Sandage misstated that future President Warren G. Harding hung a note about Abraham Lincoln's failures on the wall of his Senate office in 1915; this anecdote should have referred to future President Richard Nixon, who hung a copper plaque about Lincoln's failures on the wall of his law office in the early 1960s. Subsequent references to Harding in the article have all been changed to Nixon.


The May 27 Behold included a photo titled "Tel Aviv, HaUman 17 (Club Purim), 2009" that was not part of the exhibit discussed. It has been removed.

In a May 27 Jurisprudence, Emily Bazelon misstated the name of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. 

In a May 27 Moneybox blog post, Jordan Weissmann misstated that Scott Winship works for the Cato Institute. He works for the Manhattan Institute. 

In a May 23 Moneybox blog post, Alison Griswold misspelled the title of the Guinness Book of World Records.


In a May 21 Education, Dana Goldstein misstated how many years had passed since Amiri Baraka lost the battle for Newark’s schools. More than 40 years have passed, not more than 50 years.

In a May 21 Politics, David Weigel misspelled Muad’Dib. He also misstated that roughly 30 percent of Kentuckians voted for Matt Bevin. Roughly 30 percent of Republican primary voters in Kentucky voted for him.

In a May 21 The Spot, Harrison Stark misstated that El Arbi Hillel Soudani has scored in half of the games he's played for Algeria. He has scored 10 goals in 20 games, but has only scored in nine of those 20 matches.

In a May 20 The Spot, Harrison Stark misstated that Emilio Izaguirre plays "on the other side" of Maynor Figueroa. Izaguirre plays out wide and Figueroa plays center back for Honduras. He also mischaracterization Izaguirre as a "left-footed Figueroa." Figueroa, too, has a strong left foot.

In a May 13 Culturebox, Ben Blatt misstated there were two Native American languages to appear on the map "Most Commonly Spoken Language Other than English or Spanish": Navajo and Dakota.  Yupik also appeared on the map

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