Slate’s mistakes for the week of Oct. 27.

Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of Oct. 27

Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of Oct. 27

Slate's mistakes.
Oct. 31 2014 4:26 AM


Slate’s mistakes.

In an Oct. 31 Culturebox, a headline misstated the number of musicals in a Library of America anthology. There are 16, not 12.

In an Oct. 31 The Eye, Kristin Hohenadel mistated that artist Steven Spazuk uses white paint to embellish his fire paintings. He uses brushes to remove soot from the charred surface of the paper to create a painted effect.

In an Oct. 31 Family, Kate Cohen misstated that people answering a survey said “no” to letting a boy wear a “girl” costume. They said no to letting a boy wear a princess costume. 


In an Oct. 31 Future Tense article, Adam Elkus misspelled the last names of Terminator characters John and Sarah Connor.

In an Oct. 31 News Quiz, the answer text for one question was misplaced and related to a later question. It has been moved to the appropriate question. 

In an Oct. 30 Food, Cybele May misstated that candy corn has an orange base and a yellow middle. It is has a yellow base and an orange middle.

In an Oct. 30 Moneybox blog post, John Peabody misspelled the first name of celebrity chef Rachael Ray. 


In an Oct. 29 Bad Astronomy, Phil Plait misspelled the first name of climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe.

In an Oct. 29 Future Tense blog post, Ariel Bogle misstated that the Siding Spring observatory was named after the Siding Spring comet. The comet was named for the observatory.

In an Oct. 29 Music, Carl Wilson misstated the name of the Taylor Swift song “New Romantics” as “New Romance.” 

In an Oct. 29 The World, Joshua Keating misstated that the Obama administration had vetoed a Palestinian statehood bid at the U.N. In 2011, the Palestinian statehood bid stalled after the U.S. had declared its intention to veto. 


In an Oct. 28 Brow Beat, Chris Kirk misidentified a fan-made audio clip as part of the score of The Birds. The question has been replaced with a clip from a different film.

In an Oct. 28 DoubleX, Robin Marty misspelled the city of Cullman, Alabama. 

Due to an editing error, the Oct. 28 The Eye misstated that Sweden Sans, Sweden’s official font, is used both inside and outside the country. It is only used outside Sweden for the country's international communications. 

In an Oct. 28 Lexicon Valley, Gretchen McCulloch misstated which states are associated with mischief night and devil‘s night. Mischief night is popular around New Jersey and Pennsylvania while devil's night is popular in Michigan.


In a Oct. 28 Outward, Jillian Keenan misstated that a story in the Toronto Star alleged that Jian Ghomeshi was fired because of his treatment of women. The Star never explicitly made this allegation in its story.

In an Oct. 28 Slatest, Filipa Ioannou misstated that several Iranian journalists were arrested after covering a series of attacks against women. Although all the individuals arrested worked for a news organization that had covered the attacks, it isn’t known whether all of them had participated specifically in that coverage. 

In an Oct. 27 Bad Astronomy, Phil Plait misstated that Monday's Antares rocket launch would take place in Florida. The rocket is being launched from Virginia.

In an Oct. 27 Behold, Jordan G. Teicher misspelled Napa, California. 


Due to an editing error, an Oct. 27 The Shortcut  misstated that the end of daylight saving time means the sunrise comes later. It comes earlier.

In an Oct. 26 Medical Examiner, Laura Helmuth misstated that Ronald Reagan uttered the word AIDS in public for the first time in 1987. In a 1985 press conference, he used the word in response to reporters’ questions about AIDS. His first public speech about AIDS was in 1987.

In an Oct. 25 Brow Beat, Sharan Shetty misidentified Brian Ross Weitz as Noah Lennox in the photo caption. The picture has been updated to one of Lennox.

In an Oct. 24 Brow Beat, Forrest Wickman misidentified the Taylor Swift song “New Romantics” as “New Romance.” 

In an Oct. 24 Future Tense, Boer Deng misstated John Heidemann's first name. 

In an Oct. 13 The World, Joshua Keating misstated the name of Russia’s National Research University—Higher School of Economics.

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