Slate’s mistakes for the week of Oct. 5.

Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of Oct. 5

Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of Oct. 5

Slate's mistakes.
Oct. 9 2015 4:04 AM


Slate’s mistakes.

In an Oct. 9 Bad Astronomy, Phil Plait misstated that the Sun would look 1/30th as big from Pluto on average as it does from Earth. It would actually look 1/40th as big.

In an Oct. 9 Brow Beat, Forrest Wickman misspelled the title of O Brother, Where Art Thou?


In a Oct. 9 Future Tense, Jon Kelvey misidentified North Carolina State University as North Carolina University.

In an Oct. 9 XX Factor, Christina Cauterucci misstated that reporter Giles Coren writes for Vogue. He writes for British Vogue.

In an Oct. 8 Slatest, Ben Mathis-Lilley misidentified a building in a photo as being a shipping center for the URBN company. That building was an older structure at the same site that has been replaced by a new building.

In an Oct. 8 Television, Willa Paskin misidentified Aline Brosh McKenna as Aline McKenna Brosh.


In an Oct. 7 Slatest, Joshua Keating misstated that crimes committed by U.S. forces in Afghanistan would not fall under the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court. These crimes would, but an ICC investigation of them is still highly unlikely.

In an Oct. 7 Slatest, Ben Mathis-Lilley misstated the Gun Violence Archive’s count of U.S. children 11 and younger killed by guns in September. That number is 21, not 37.

In an Oct. 6 Bad Astronomy, Phil Plait misstated that sales of his Sun-observing glasses and swag support Stephen Ramsden’s educational outreach efforts. Ramsden does not make any money from those sales.

In an Oct. 6 Brow Beat, Claire Landsbaum misspelled director Brett Morgen’s last name.


In an Oct. 6 DoubleX, Nora Caplan-Bricker misstated that Marvel owns the movie rights to X-Men; they are the property of Fox.

In an Oct. 6 Moneybox blog post, Alison Griswold misstated the name of a McDonald’s item. It is the McGriddles, not the McGriddle.

In an Oct. 5 Brow Beat, Aisha Harris misspelled actor Tobey Maguire’s first name.

In an Oct. 5 Slatest, Rachel E. Gross misspelled the name of the country Colombia. She also misstated that 2015 Nobel Prize in Medicine winner Youyou Tu is now 80 years old. She is in her 80s.


In an Oct. 5 Slatest, Elliot Hannon misstated that wheat flour was used instead of oat flour to make the recalled boxes of Cheerios; oat flour contaminated with traces of wheat flour was used.

In an Oct. 5 Slatest, Ben Mathis-Lilley misstated the sunken container ship El Faro’s destination as San Jose, Puerto Rico. The ship was traveling to San Juan, Puerto Rico.

In an Oct. 2 Future Tense, Rachel E. Gross misstated that astronaut Mark Watney in the film The Martian only had enough food to last him 30 days. He could have lasted 400 days.

Due to a production error, the chart in an Oct. 1 XX Factor misidentified Centegra Health System’s Michael S. Eesley as a top-earning health care nonprofit CEO. Eesley was incorrectly on the list due to a miscalculation of Centegra’s total revenue; Eesley has been removed from the chart.

In an April 29, 2014, Slatest, Elliot Hannon misidentified the man to be executed in Oklahoma as James Warner; his name was Charles Warner.

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