Slate’s mistakes for the week of March 9.

Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of March 9

Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of March 9

Slate's mistakes.
March 13 2015 4:02 AM


Slate’s mistakes.

In a March 13 Bad Astronomy, Phil Plait misstated that that eiππ = 19.999099979. The correct equation is eππ = 19.999099979.

In a March 12 XX Factor, Amanda Marcotte misstated that Eric Cameron Francis hired and then fired himself. Arkansas state legislator Justin Harris hired and then fired Francis.

In a March 11 Behold, Jordan G. Teicher misstated that the events of 3/11 triggered a nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima Daini Nuclear Power Plant. It was the Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant. 


In a March 11 Brow Beat, Chris Molanphy misspelled Seinfeld character George Costanza’s last name.

A March 11 Culture Gabfest misstated that the Wharton Esherick Museum is in Paoli, Pennsylvania. It is in Malvern, Pennsylvania.

In a March 11 Future Tense blog post, Lily Hay Newman misstated that an article about the Yale-2U collaboration was published in the Washington Post. It was published in the Wall Street Journal.

In a March 11 Science, Jake Buehler omitted the name of one of the institutions involved in a new boxfish study. Researchers at the University of Antwerp, along with UCLA and the University of Groningen, released a the paper on boxfish. Buehler also misstated that the boxfish has a turn radius of nearly 180 degrees. It can turn 180 degrees with a near-zero turn radius.


In a March 10 Brow Beat, Willa Paskin misspelled future Bachelorette Kaitlyn’s name.

In a March 10 Brow Beat, Aisha Harris quoted Ruth C. White as saying “His father never used it against him the way he used Jamal’s homophobia.”  White meant homosexuality, not homophobia. 

In a March 10 Future Tense blog post, Jacob Brogan misstated that in an episode of RuPaul's Drag Race, RuPaul pronounced the word GIF to rhyme with tiff, thereby entering into a debate that has raged for years. The disagreement over the pronunciation is hard G versus soft G; both rhyme with tiff

In a March 10 Slatest, Ben Mathis-Lilley misidentified the Oklahoma Daily as the Daily Oklahoman.


In March 9 and March 10 Slatest posts, Ben Mathis-Lilley misidentified the University of Oklahoma as Oklahoma University.

The headline of a March 9 Moneybox blog post misstated that McDonald’s had admitted it needs to become more like Five Guys. McDonald’s did not specifically name a competitor it needed to become more similar to.

In a March 9 Moneybox blog post, Jordan Weissmann misspelled Jony Ive’s last name.

Due to a production error, the photo caption on a March 9 Slatest misidentified Tom Cotton as a U.S. representative. He is a senator. 


In a March 6 Moneybox blog post, Maria Aspan misspelled the name of the mayonnaise company Hellmann’s.

In a March 6 Politics, Josh Voorhees misidentified the private email address Hillary Clinton used while secretary of state. It was, not

In a March 6 Science, Daniel Engber misstated that Common Core is a curriculum. It is a set of educational standards. 

In a March 5 The Juice, Daniel Gross misstated the amount of investment in the U.S wind energy industry. Wind has attracted $100 billion in investment in the U.S. since 2008, not $100 billion per year.

In a March 5 Television, Willa Paskin misidentified the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt character Titus Andromedon as Titus Andronicus.

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