Slate’s mistakes for the week of May 4.

Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of May 4

Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of May 4

Slate's mistakes.
May 8 2015 4:04 AM


Slate’s mistakes.

A photo caption in a May 8 Foreigners misstated that two Cultural Support Team members were photographed in 2008. They were photographed in 2011–2012.

Due to a photo provider error, a May 8 Science’s photo caption misstated the surface elevation of Lake Powell and its forecased record-breaking low later this year. This information has been removed.

In the May 8 Slate Quiz, Ken Jennings misstated that six Baltimore police officers had been indicted. They were charged.


In a May 7 Moneybox blog post, Jordan Weissmann misstated that a mani-pedi in Manhattan costs $10.50. That’s a typical cost for a manicure. A mani-pedi would cost more.

In a May 7 Slatest, Beth Ethier misstated that Alex Salmond is the leader of the Scottish National Party. He is the SNP’s former leader.

In a May 6 Bad Astronomy, Phil Plait misstated that the SpaceX pad abort test went off at 07:00 EDT. It was 09:00.  

In a May 6 Politics, Jamelle Bouie misspelled the name of Obama’s Office of Legal Counsel.


In a May 5 Behold, Jordan G. Teicher misspelled the name of Wilton Manors Gallery. He also misidentified that the gallery is located in Fort Lauderdale. It’s located in Wilton Manors.

Due to a copy-editing error, the May 5 The Gist misstated the date that Sean Rameswaram is hosting The Gist. He’s hosting Thursday, not Tuesday.

In a May 5 Slatest, Ben Mathis-Lilley misstated that the New York Knicks’ parent company had to pay an $11.6 million settlement. James Dolan, the chairman of the company, had to pay $3 million, and Madison Square Garden had to pay the rest.

In a May 4 Bad Astronomy, Phil Plait misstated that the Falcon 9 first stage booster was 38 meters tall. It’s 50 meters tall.

In a May 4 Brow Beat, Ruth Graham misstated that new royal baby Charlotte is fifth in line to the throne. She is fourth. 

In a May 4 TV Club, Hanna Rosin misidentified Mad Men’s waitress character as Diane. Her name is Diana.

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