Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of May 5

Slate's mistakes.
May 9 2014 4:30 AM


Slate’s mistakes.

In a May 11 Brow Beat post, Sharan Shetty incorrectly stated that "Headlights" was a new song. Only the music video is new; the song is off The Marshall Mathers LP 2, and was released as a single Feb. 5.

In a May 9 Dear Prudence, Emily Yoffe misquoted psychologist Terri Apter as describing in-laws as a lightning "road," rather than a lightning rod.

In a May 8 Moneybox blog post, Jordan Weissmann misspelled the name of IBM's Watson computer.


In a May 8 Slatest, Kelly Tunney misstated that Lee Marshall had been the sole voice of Tony the Tiger since 1999. Marshall's initial role as Tony was to help Thurl Ravenscroft with dialogue.

In a May 8 Wild Things, David Shiffman misstated that more people are killed each year by coconuts than by sharks. This is a myth.

In a May 7 Bad Astronomy, Phil Plait misstated in the photo caption when the image was from. It was taken on May 7, 2014. 

In a May 7 History, Gillian Kane misspelled author Ann Bausum's first name.

In a May 7 History of Innovation, Kara W. Swanson misttated that the Manual of Patent Examining Procedure was published in 1945. It was published in 1949.

In a May 7 Slatest, Elliot Hannon originally quoted a National Geographic story on dinosaurs that said oviraptors ate eggs. Oviraptors did not eat eggs. National Geographic has since corrected their story, and the quotation has been updated.

In a May 7 Weigel, Boer Deng misspelled Indiana Rep. Larry Bucshon’s last name. She also misstated that federal spending on science as a percentage of GDP has shrunk. Federal spending on science as a percentage of the overall budget has shrunk.

In a May 6 Bad Astronomy, Phil Plait misspelled the last name of Planetary Society blogger Casey Dreier. 

Due to a photo provider error, the photo caption in a May 6 Jurisprudence misstated that the penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas, is federal. It is a state penitentiary.

The interactive in a May 6 Sports Nut mislabeled Cleveland, Detroit, and Cincinnati as being in the Central Time Zone. They are in the Eastern Time Zone.

​In a May 6 Weigel​, David Weigel misspelled Martha's Vineyard.

In a May 5 Politics​, David Weigel misspelled Jeanine Pirro's first name. 

In a May 5 Politics​, Josh Voorhees misspelled the University of California–Berkeley.

In a May 5 Psychology of Management, Seth Stevenson misstated that the Bloomberg Tower in Midtown Manhattan, designed by Cesar Pelli, was completed in 2006. The building was completed in 2005. 

In a May 5 Slatest​, Elliot Hannon incorrectly implied that Coca-Cola drinks currently contain a flame retardant chemical that is unsafe for human consumption. Brominated vegetable oil, which Coca-Cola is removing from its soft drinks, is different from brominated flame retardants, and it has not been demonstrated to be harmful in humans. 

In a May 5 TV Club​, Willa Paskin misstated the name of the restaurant that Don is writing tags for on Mad Men. It is called Burger Chef, not Burger Shack. 

In a May 5 Weigel​, David Weigel misspelled Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ last name.

In the interactive in a May 4 Culturebox, Ben Blatt misstated that there were two scenes in Friends with just Joey, Phoebe, Monica, and Ross. There was only one such scene.

The headline of a May 3 Business Insider misstated that Shawn Hogan was sentenced to five years in prison for defrauding eBay. He was sentenced to five months. 

In a May 1 Slatest, Ben Mathis-Lilley misidentified Bear Mountain as Connecticut's highest point. Bear Mountain is Connecticut's highest peak; its highest point is nearby on a slope whose peak is in Massachusetts.

In an April 29 Saletan, William Saletan misstated that an excerpt from ESPN the Magazine was from Sports Illustrated.

In a March 13 Bad Astronomy, Phil Plait misspelled the last name of Lisa Hoyos of Climate Parents.

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