Slate’s mistakes for the week of Dec. 1.

Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of Dec. 1

Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of Dec. 1

Slate's mistakes.
Dec. 5 2014 4:31 AM


Slate’s mistakes.

In a Dec. 7 Bad Astronomy, Phil Plait misspelled the name of the Norwegian town of Tromsø.

In a Dec. 6 Brow Beat​, Sharan Shetty misstated that Richard Pryor’s bit on police chokeholds was from 1977. It was performed in 1978, and featured in 1979’s Richard Pryor: Live in Concert.

In a Dec. 6 Double X, Hanna Rosin misstated that University of Virgina student Alexandria Pinkleton got her assailant kicked out of school. Pinkleton successfully got him sanctioned.


In a Dec. 5 Lexicon Valley, Katy Waldman misstated when The Innovator's Dilemma was published. It was in 1997, not 2011.

In an answer to one of the Dec. 5 Slate Quiz questions, Ken Jennings misstated how far the Orion spacecraft traveled on Friday.

In a Dec. 4 Brow Beat​, Katy Waldman misstated that all the books in the weekly Editor's Choice column of the New York Times make it into the paper's year-end roundup. That list was narrowed to 100 titles starting in 2004. 

In a Dec. 4 Future Tense, Sem Lemonick misidentified Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. as Ball Aerospace & Technology Corp. He also misstated that the company made about $900 billion last year from contracts. They made $900 million.


In a Dec. 4 Jurisprudence​, John Culhane misspelled Hayley Mills' first name.

Due to an editing error, a Dec. 4 Slatest misidentified the 1975 Physics Nobel Prize winner as Niels Bohr. The winner was Aage Niels Bohr, Niels Bohr’s son. (Niels Bohr won his own Nobel Prize in Physics in 1922.)

In a Dec. 4 Slatest, Ben Mathis-Lilley misstated that a report on cruise ships said the industry dumped a billion tons of sewage into the ocean last year. The report covers 2014 and referred to gallons of sewage.

In a Dec. 3 Bad Astronomy, Phil Plait misstated that Antarctic ice mass loss was increasing at 6 billion tons per year. That’s the average rate of loss between 1992 and 2013. The rate of loss is accelerating and is now at 16 billion additional tons per year every year. 


In a Dec. 3 Books, Yiyun Li misspelled the name of the character Patalarga from the novelAt Night We Walk in Circles.​

Due to a production error, a photo caption in a Dec. 3 Brow Beat​ misidentified Clarke Peters as Isiah Whitlock, Jr.

In a Dec. 3 Explainer, Brian Palmer misspelled Barbra Streisand’s first name.

In a Dec. 3 Moneybox blog post, Boer Deng misstated that the Girl Scouts do not have a geocaching badge. They do. That reference has been removed. 


In a Dec. 3 Politics, John Dickerson misspelled Jon Huntsman’s first name and Ronald Reagan’s last name. 

In a Dec. 3 Slatest, Ben Mathis-Lilley misstated the age of an American woman, Ibolya Ryan, killed in Abu Dhabi. She was 47, not 37.

In a Dec. 3 Slatest, Betsy Woodruff mischaracterized the Cato Institute as “socially conservative.” The Cato Institute is right-leaning.

In a Dec. 2 Bad Astronomy, Phil Plait misstated that the rounded bottom of the Orion space capsule provided aerodynamic lift. The descent angle of the capsule provides the lift. 


In a Dec. 2 Books, Dan Kois misidentified Julie Schumacher, the author of Dear Committee Members, as Rebecca Schumacher. 

In a Dec. 2 Brow Beat, Sharan Shetty misstated that Will Smith would play Deadpool in Suicide Squad. He will play Deadshot.

Due to an editing error, the headline of a Dec. 2 Foreigners misstated that the author, Suki Kim, taught English to North Korean graduate students. She taught English to North Korean college students.

In a Dec. 2 Future Tense, Ariel Bogle misidentified McLennan County, Texas, as McLellan Country.

In a Dec. 2 Future Tense, Eric Holthaus misstated that the Arctic is facing a gap in sea ice. Scientists expect the gap to occur by midcentury, but it is not occurring now.

In a Dec. 2 Moneybox blog post, Jordan Weissmann misidentified the Department of Veterans Affairs as the Veterans Administration.

In a Dec. 2 Television, Willa Paskin misidentified Andy Cohen as Bravo’s head of programming. He is the former head of development.

In a Dec. 1 DoubleX, Gillian Thomas misstated that General Electric once had a policy of excluding pregnancy benefits from its employees' medical plans. It was not their medical plans, but their disability plans. 

In a Dec. 1 Faith-Based, Kristine Haglund misstated that John Dehlin agreed never to speak with the media about his church disciplinary process. He did not make such an agreement.

In a Nov. 30 Books, Boer Deng misspelled Thomas Hobbes‘ last name. 

In a May 3, 2013, TV Club, Mac Rogers misidentified Doctor Who character Clara's past incarnation as a nanny and a governess.​ She was a barmaid and a governess.

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