Slate’s mistakes for the week of Sept. 8.

Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of Sept. 8

Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of Sept. 8

Slate's mistakes.
Sept. 12 2014 4:30 AM


Slate’s mistakes.

In a Sep. 12 Future Tense blog post​, Emily Tamkin misstated that will no longer be allowed to send automated responses claiming Google gets so many emails “it will answer, or even bother to read, yours.” The automated response is “it will not answer, or even bother to read, yours.”​

In a Sept. 12 Moneybox blog post, Jordan Weissmann misstated that salting water helps pasta cook properly by increasing the liquid’s boiling point. Adding a moderate amount of salt does not significantly change the temperature at which water boils.

In a Sept. 12 Roads and Kingdoms, Dave Besseling misstated that the most recent Indian International Film Awards were held in Miami. They were held in Tampa, Florida. 


​In a Sept. 12 Weigel, David Weigel misspelled Newtown, Connecticut, and the first name of Santa Barbara killer Elliot Rodger. He also misidentified the 2012 Obama-Biden victory as the 2016 Obama-Biden victory.

In a Sept. 11 Jurisprudence, Dahlia Lithwick misspelled the city of Corpus Christi, Texas. She also misstated that the Justice Department needed to prove intentional discrimination under Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, but the standard is still not clear.

In a Sept. 11 XX Factor, Amanda Hess misstated how many albums Taylor Swift has released. 1989 is her fifth album, not her fourth. 

In a Sept. 10 Brow Beat, Sharan Shetty misstated that “Alex Chilton” is on the Replacements' Let it Be. It is on Pleased to Meet Me.


In a Sept. 10 Brow Beat, Forrest Wickman cited Splitsider’s report that Bill Murray would host the premiere of Saturday Night Live’s 40th season. Splitsider has corrected the post, Chris Pratt will host the premiere.

In a Sept. 10 Gentleman Scholar, Troy Patterson misspelled Orhan Pamuk’s first name.

In a Sept. 10 Quora, Marcus Geduld  misspelled Katharine Hepburn’s first name.

In a Sept. 10 Weigel, David Weigel misspelled Minnesota Rep. Collin Peterson’s first name.


In a Sept. 9 Bad Astronomy, Phil Plait misspelled the first name of scientist Katharine Hayhoe.

In a Sept. 9 Completist, Stephen Burt misspelled Geeta Dayal’s last name. He also misstated the title of Dan Kois’ book about Israel Kamakawiwo’ole. It is Facing Future, not Facing Forward.

In a Sept. 9 Culturebox , Katy Waldman misidentified the Roman poet who urged women to write their promises in fleeting media. It was Catullus, not Horace.

Due to a photo provider error, the fourth photo caption in the Sept. 9 The Eye misidentified the water tank’s artist and location. It is by Jordi Forniés, not Tessa Traeger, and it is located at 123 E. 15th St., not 110 Fulton St.


In a Sept. 8 Brow Beat, Sarah Archer misidentified Andrew Jackness as the series production designer of Masters of Sex. He was the production designer on the show’s pilot. 

In a Sept. 8 Culturebox, Tom Vanderbilt misstated that George Frideric Handel composed Water Music for a party in 1771. The year of the party was 1717.

In a Sept. 8 Slatest, Emily Tamkin misspelled Kensington Palace.

In a Sept. 8 Weigel, David Weigel misspelled Pennsylvania Rep. Chaka Fattah’s first name.


In a Sept. 5 Future Tense, Lily Hay Newman misidentified Margaret Atwood’s novel The Handmaid’s Tale as The Handmaiden’s Tale.

In a Sept. 5 Roads & Kingdoms, a photo caption misspelled the names of several Serbian dishes. They are called proja, kajmak, and ajvar, not aprojaa, akajmaka, and aajvara.

In a Sept. 4 Bitwise, David Auerbach misspelled Nick Reineke’s last name.

In a Sept. 4 Double X, Hanna Rosin misstated that Joan Rivers’ daughter, Melissa, was featured in an episode of Rivers’ reality show. The woman was Lynne Koplitz, a comedian and Rivers’ good friend. 

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