Slate’s mistakes for the week of Feb. 16.

Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of Feb. 16

Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of Feb. 16

Slate's mistakes.
Feb. 20 2015 4:03 AM


Slate’s mistakes.

In a Feb. 20 Bad Astronomy, Phil Plait misstated that the New Horizons mission will encounter Pluto on Feb. 14, 2015. The correct date is July 14.

A headline on a Feb. 20 Lexicon Valley misspelled Abbi Jacobson’s first name.

In a Feb. 19 Behold, Jordan G. Teicher misspelled Antti Helin’s last name.


Due to an editing error, a Feb. 19 Brow Beat implied that the Justice League is from Marvel Comics. The team of superheroes is from DC Comics.

Due to a production error, a Feb. 19 Brow Beat misstated that Sean Connery won an Academy Award for Best Actor for playing a real-life figure within the past 10 years. It was Sean Penn.

In a Feb. 19 Moneybox, Jordan Weissmann misstated that after five years, 18 percent of mortgages issued in 2006 had fallen into foreclosure. Eighteen percent had fallen into a serious delinquency.

In a Feb. 19 Technology, Will Oremus misspelled Lindsay Windham’s first name.


Due to a production error, a Feb. 18 Brow Beat originally listed The Imitation Game twice in Dan Kois’ Oscar predictions for Best Original Score.

In a Feb. 18 Politcs, Betsy Woodruff misstated that federal employees “whose work is necessary for the preservation of the safety of human life or the protection of property” get their salaries paid outside the appropriations process. These employees aren’t necessarily paid by means other than appropriations, and might continue working during a shutdown but see a pay lapse.

In a Feb. 18 Sports Nut, Ben Blatt misstated that the 4-7-10 and its mirror image the 6-7-10 are the second-hardest shots in bowling. The 4-6-7 is the second-hardest shot.

In a Feb. 17 Sports Nut, Daniel Engber misidentified Utah State as Utah.


In a Feb. 17 Technology, Seth Stevenson misspelled David Ranada’s last name. Stevenson also misstated that sound files’ kHz figures refer to the highest pitch the recording can reproduce on the treble end. They in fact refer to the sampling rate, which is double the kHz of the treble top end in the recording.

Due to an editing error, the headline of a Feb. 17 XX Factor misstated that women cannot buy potatoes with food stamps. The nutritional program that banned potatoes, WIC, is a separate program from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which used to be formally known as (and is still colloquially known as) “food stamps.” 

Due to a production error, a Feb. 16 Culturebox misspelled the name of the character Buelah Witch.

In a Feb. 14 Future Tense blog post, Julia Greenberg misspelled the name of Tyler Schnoebelen's company Idibon. 

In a Feb. 13 Future Tense blog post, Will Oremus misidentified the panelist who asked David Carr what he made of BuzzFeed’s forays into investigative journalism. It was Tom Fiedler, dean of Boston University’s College of Communication, not former Bloomberg Media Group chairman Andrew Lack.

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