Slate’s mistakes for the week of Jan. 11.

Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of Jan. 11

Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of Jan. 11

Slate's mistakes.
Jan. 15 2016 4:01 AM


Slate’s mistakes.

In a Jan. 15 Eye, Kristin Hohenadel misstated that artist Gabriel Dawe’s “Plexus A1” is made from 6 miles of embroidery thread. It’s made from 60 miles of embroidery thread.

In a Jan. 15 Slatest, Josh Levin misstated that Joey Bosa is 21 years old. He is 20.


In a Jan. 14 Bad Astronomy, Phil Plait misspelled climatologist Andrew Dessler’s last name.  

In a Jan. 14 Bad Astronomy, Phil Plait misstated that a map didn’t show actual topology. He meant topography. He also misstated that satellites directly measure the bumps and troughs in the sea surface due to seafloor features below them, implying these features were small in area. The water actually piles up or is depressed over very large areas, and the satellites measure the change in slope of the water surface over these big regions.

In a Jan. 14 Brow Beat, Laura Bradley misstated that Tom Hardy received a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for Mad Max: Fury Road. He was nominated for The Revenant.

In a Jan. 13 Bad Astronomy, Phil Plait misattributed to Nature an article that was published in Nature Climate Change.


In a Jan. 13 Brow Beat, Jordan Weissmann misstated that Pete Wells’ New York Times review of Per Se ran on Wednesday. It ran on Tuesday.

In a Jan. 13 Moneybox, Brandon L. Garrett misstated in the title of a chart that the chart spanned 1994 to 2015. It showed 2001 to 2015.

In a Jan. 13 Moneybox blog post, Jordan Weissmann misstated, based on one month’s ratings, that CNN reaches nearly 1 million viewers in prime time. For all of 2015, it averaged about 712,000 viewers.

In a Jan. 13 Slatest, Ben Mathis-Lilley misstated that Flint, Michigan, had begun issuing notices for overdue water bills this week after having been enjoined from doing so by a judge. The post-injunction restart occurred in November before a break in collections over the holidays.


In a Jan. 12 Bad Astronomy, Phil Plait misspelled actress Kristen Bell’s first name.

In a Jan. 12 Music, Carl Wilson misstated that the Talmud is scripture. The Torah is scripture, while the Talmud contains exegesis.

In a Dec. 15, 2015, Slatest, Ben Mathis-Lilley misstated that a study had found that the number of infants and children in Flint, Michigan, with above-average levels of lead in their blood had doubled. What the study found was the rate of children with "elevated levels" of lead in their blood as defined by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention standards had doubled.

In a Dec. 10, 2015, Brow Beat, Aisha Harris misstated that Inside Out and Mad Max: Fury Road were nominated for Best Original Score at the Golden Globes. They were not. The Hateful Eight and Steve Jobs were

Photo credits in a Dec. 4, 2015, Roads & Kingdoms misattributed to Erin Hale two photos that were taken by Ricardo Perez-Solero.

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