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

Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of Oct. 12

Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of Oct. 12

Slate's mistakes.
Oct. 16 2015 4:01 AM


Slate’s mistakes.

In an Oct. 16 Bad Astronomy, Phil Plait misstated that Jupiter is 5,000 kilometers wider through its equator than through the poles; it's slightly more than 9,000 kilometers wider.

In an Oct. 16 Lexicon Valley, Cody Delistraty misstated that author Lydia Davis translated all of Proust’s In Search of Lost Time. She translated only the first volume, Swann’s Way.


In an Oct. 16 Slatest, Eric Holthaus misidentified the North Atlantic oscillation as the North American oscillation.

In an Oct. 16 Slatest, Joshua Keating misstated the publication date of a Daily Beast article by Nancy Youssef. It was published on Oct. 10, not Oct. 15.

In an Oct. 15 Future Tense blog post, Global Voices Advocacy misstated that former Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori was dead. He is alive.

In an Oct. 15 Movies, Dana Stevens misidentified Peter Cushing as having played Dracula in many Hammer vampire films. He typically played Van Helsing.


In an Oct. 14 Bad Astronomy, Phil Plait misstated that the Kepler spacecraft was still observing KIC 8462852. In 2014, the mission was retooled for a somewhat different purpose, at which point it stopped observing the star.

In an Oct. 14 Future Tense blog post, Justin Peters misidentified Smokey Bear as Smokey the Bear.

In an Oct. 14 Lexicon Valley, Katy Waldman misgendered professor Elvin Lim. Lim is male.

In an Oct. 14 Schooled, Laura Moser misspelled Clay County Commissioner Parrish Wright’s first name.


In an Oct. 13 Behold, Jordan G. Teicher misstated when Michael Kamber started the Bronx Photo League. He started it in 2015, not 2011.

In an Oct. 13 Moneybox blog post, Jordan Weissmann misspelled Rolling Stone contributor Jesse Myerson’s last name.

In a Oct. 13 Schooled, Laura Moser misstated that one Success Academy had suspended 44 kindergartners and first-graders. It issued 44 suspensions but to only 11 different students.

Due to an editing error, an Oct. 13 Sports Nut misstated that FanDuel and DraftKings had a record total revenue week of $45.6 million in the fifth week of the NFL season. That record was for entry fees.


In an Oct. 12 Jurisprudence, Dahlia Lithwick misidentified the state where a 2-year-old shot his grandmother from the backseat of a car. It was South Carolina, not North Carolina. She also misidentified the kind of gun the 2-year-old used. It was a .357, not a 357.

In an Oct. 12 Slatest, Joshua Keating misspelled Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s middle name.

In an Oct. 11 Behold, David Rosenberg misspelled Instagram.

In an Oct. 11 Slatest, Beth Ethier misidentified the National League Division Series between the New York Mets and the L.A. Dodgers as the Northern League Division Series.

In an Oct. 9 DoubleX, L.V. Anderson misstated that manufacturers of all menstrual cups need to notify the Food and Drug Administration of their intention to market their products before they begin selling them. The FDA recently exempted menstrual cups from premarket notification requirements but still expects manufacturers to submit paperwork prior to marketing if they invent a new menstrual cup with different fundamental scientific technology.

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