Slate’s mistakes for the week of Aug. 8.

Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of Aug. 8

Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of Aug. 8

Slate's mistakes.
Aug. 12 2016 4:06 AM


Slate’s mistakes.

In an Aug. 12 Five-Ring Circus blog post, David Epstein misstated that Usian Bolt is 30 years old. He will be 30 on Aug. 21.

In an Aug. 12 Five-Ring Circus blog post, Laura Wagner misstated that Pau Gasol skipped the 2016 Olympics. She also misspelled Briana Scurry’s first name.


Due to an editing error, an Aug. 12 Five-Ring Circus blog post misstated the date when the audio version of that blog post aired. It was Thursday, Aug. 11.

In a Aug. 12 Outward, Hugh Ryan misstated that the dance team Vogue Evolution won the 2009 season of America’s Best Dance Crew. They placed fifth.

Due to an editing error, an Aug. 12 Science misstated the source who sent the writer the acknowledgments section of Luke Dittrich’s book. It was the assistant director of publicity at Random House, not Dittrich.

In a Aug. 11 Music, Rebecca Schuman misstated that Brazilian gymnast Rebecca Andrade did not qualify for the all-around final.


In an Aug. 11 XX Factor, Christina Cauterucci misstated that Olympians Kayla Harrison and Aaron Handy were married. They were once engaged but never married.

In an Aug. 10 Brow Beat, Sam Adams misstated that “Samson and Delilah” is the fifth episode of The Night Of. It’s the sixth.

Due to an editing error, an Aug. 10 Five Ring-Circus blog post misspelled Katie Ledecky’s first name.

In an Aug. 10 Future Tense, Theresa MacPhail misstated the incidence of food-related allergies in children. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the rate is 4 out of every 100 children, not 1 out of every 4.


In an Aug. 10 Politics, Osita Nwanevu misstated that Hillary Clinton was tied with Donald Trump in Georgia among white noncollege graduates and winning among white college graduates based on an Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll. The poll shows Clinton tied among all noncollege graduates and beating Trump among all college graduates.

In an Aug. 10 XX Factor, L.V. Anderson misidentified the Girl Scouts of the USA as Girl Scouts of America.

In an Aug. 9 Five-Ring Circus blog post, Laura Wagner misspelled the name of the University of California–Berkeley.

Due to an editing error, Aug. 9, Aug. 11, and Aug. 12 Five-Ring Circus blog posts misstated the location of the swimming competitions at the Rio Olympics. They are at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium, not the Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre.


In an Aug. 9 Movies, Katy Waldman misstated that The Little Prince is a Netflix original. Netflix acquired the film from Paramount. She also misstated that Hans Zimmer wrote the score. It was composed by Zimmer and Richard Harvey.

Due to a photo provider error, a caption in an Aug. 9 Television misidentified Justice Smith as Skylan Brooks and Skylan Brooks as Justice Smith.

In an Aug. 8 Brow Beat, Marissa Martinelli misidentified the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir as the Oakland Tabernacle Choir.

In an Aug. 8 Five-Ring Circus blog post, Justin Peters misstated that Sun Yang won the 1,500-meter freestyle at the 2014 world championships. He won that event at the 2014 Asian Games.


In an Aug 8. Future Tense blog post, Jacob Brogan misspelled Morbo the Annihilator. He also misattributed a blog post by Paul Kehrer to Sean Schulte.

In an Aug. 8 Future Tense, Aaron Reiss misspelled the last name of Nadia Eghbal, who wrote a Ford Foundation report about digital infrastructure.

In an Aug. 8 Interrogation, Isaac Chotiner misstated that a transition of power from one Japanese emperor to another occurred in 1925. It was in 1926.

Due to a production error, an Aug. 8 Science misstated a study about college calculus students was published in Science. It was published in Plos One.

In an Aug. 8 War Stories, Fred Kaplan misidentified Crimea as Ukraine and referred to Crimea as an island, not a peninsula.

In an Aug. 6 Brow Beat, Matthew Dessem misidentified unofficial Sydney Olympics mascot Fatso the Fat-Arsed Wombat as the battling prince and misquoted H.G. Nelson as using the same nickname. He is the battlers’ prince.

In an Aug. 5 Slatest, Jeremy Stahl misidentified Money as Time. It is a separate publication that is also owned by Time Inc.

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