Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of Sept. 1

Slate's mistakes.
Sept. 5 2014 4:15 AM


Slate’s mistakes.

In a Sept. 5 The Eye, Kristin Hohenadel mistated that 75 percent of Ikea catalog images are computer-generated. Three-fourths of Ikea’s single product shots are computer-generated; most of the catalog images are photographed the traditional way.

In a Sept. 4 Future Tense, Karmella Haynes misidentified vanilla flavoring, commonly found on store shelves and made from chemically synthesized vanillin, as vanilla extract, made from vanilla pods.

In a Sept. 4 Moneybox blog post, Jill Krasny misspelled the last name of Few Spirits’ Paul Hletko.


In a Sept. 3 Jurisprudence, Emily Bazelon misstated that Reddit “hosted” images from the recent celebrity photo hack. Reddit users posted links to the photographs, which were hosted on other sites, like Imgur.

In a Sept. 3 Sports Nut, Kevin Craft misspelled the first name of wide receiver Cris Carter. Also, due to a production error, the photo caption misspelled the name of the Vince Lombardi Super Bowl Trophy. 

Due to a copy editing error, a Sept. 2 Bitwise misidentified the American Civil Liberties Union as the American Civil Liberty Union.

In the headline of a Sept. 2 Slatest, Ben Mathis-Lilley misstated that Michael Sam had signed with the Dallas Cowboys. Sam didn’t sign with them until Sept. 3.

In a Sept. 1 Bad Astronomy, Phil Plait misstated that a graph of Arctic ice extent displayed Arctic temperature. 

In an Aug. 29 Brow Beat, Chris Molanphy misstated that Max Martin had written or co-written 19 No. 1 hits. According to Billboard, the correct number is 18. 

In an Aug. 29 Weigel, David Weigel misspelled Michele Bachmann’s first name.

In an Aug. 28 Weigel, David Weigel misstated that a poll showed 25 fewer Iowans were “undecided” about the 2016 GOP caucuses if Mitt Romney was presented as a choice. The correct number was 18.

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