Slate’s mistakes for the week of Jan. 12.

Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of Jan. 12

Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of Jan. 12

Slate's mistakes.
Jan. 16 2015 7:02 AM


Slate’s mistakes.

In a Jan. 17 Slatest, Daniel Politi misspelled Charlie Hebdo gunman Chérif Kouachi’s last name.

In a Jan. 16 Completist, Daniel Engber misidentified the sports car in the “I Need You Tonight” video as a Ferrari. It’s a Lamborghini.

Due to an editing error, a Jan. 16 Television misstated that Amazon released their new pilots on Friday. They were released on Thursday. It also misspelled Jason Priestley and Sam Trammell’s last names and Philip K. Dick’s first name. It also misidentified the actress who plays the girlfriend in Down Dog. She is played by Paget Brewster, not Sean Young. 


In a Jan. 14 Bad Astronomy, Phil Plait misstated that contact with the Huygens Titan lander was lost as the batteries died. Contact was lost when Cassini set over the horizon as seen by Huygens. He also misstated that Titan is smaller than Mercury; it is slightly larger.

In a Jan. 14 Wild Things, John Cannon misstated how many years it takes for a gorilla family to be habituated to humans. It takes about two years, not five.

In a Jan. 13 Behold, a photo caption misidentified the location of the Winter Garden Theatre. It’s in Toronto, Canada, not New York City. 

In a Jan. 13 Jurisprudence, David Fontana misstated that all nine Supreme Court justices graduated from either Harvard or Yale law schools. Ruth Bader Ginsburg attended Harvard law school but graduated from Columbia.


In a Jan. 13 Slatest, Ben Mathis-Lilley misidentified the Bowl Championship Series as the Bowl Championship System.

In a Jan. 13 Outward, J. Bryan Lowder misstated that all four men on the TLC special My Husband’s Not Gay were married. Three men had wives and one was still looking.

In a Jan. 13 Outward, Karen Iris Tucker misstated the year that Bloody Sunday, a pivotal moment in the American civil rights movement, took place. It occurred in 1965, not 1963.

In a Jan. 13 XX Factor, Jessica Grose misspelled Leah Drilias’ last name.


In a Jan. 12 Moneybox blog post, Alison Griswold misstated that Burger King’s 10-piece chicken nuggets were selling for 10 cents per nugget. At $1.49, the nuggets are about 15 cents each.

In a Jan. 9 Behold, a photo caption misidentified the Paul Auster book being read. It was Oracle Night, not The New York Trilogy.  

In a Jan. 8 Behold, Jordan G. Teicher misidentified palaces from the Stalin era as “constructivist buildings.” The photographer Dmitry Lookianov photographed both constructivist buildings and palaces from the Stalin era.

In a Jan. 8 XX Factor, Amanda Marcotte misstated that there are no women of color in the Senate. There are no black women in the Senate.

In a Jan. 7 Moneybox, Helaine Olen misstated that overall health care spending increased by 3.6 percent in 2013. The growth rate of overall health care spending grew by that amount in 2013.

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