Slate’s mistakes for the week of Nov. 28.

Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of Nov. 28

Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of Nov. 28

Slate's mistakes.
Dec. 2 2016 4:01 AM


Slate’s mistakes.

In a Dec. 2 Bad Astronomy, Phil Plait misidentified Don Beyer as a representative from Maryland. He represents a district in Virginia.

In a Dec. 1 Bad Astronomy, Phil Plait misstated that the Moon is tipped 5° to the Earth's equator. That’s to the Earth’s orbital plane.


In a Nov. 30 Books, Katy Waldman misstated the name of the cat in Michael Chabon’s Moonglow. He is Ramon, not Roland. In naming the cat, Chabon may have been alluding to the Wallace Stevens poem “The Idea of Order at Key West” (which is also about imposing artistic structure on nature) rather than the 16th-century romance Orlando Furioso. On the other hand, the novel more broadly still could be said to rewrite Orlando Furioso.

In a Nov. 30 Culturebox, Laura Miller misstated that 57,000 British soldiers were killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme during World War I. The British Army had 57,000 casualties on the first day of the battle.

In a Nov. 30 Outward, Evan Urquhart misspelled Xavier William’s last name.

In a Nov. 29 Moneybox blog post, Helaine Olen misidentified the source of an estimate that Giving Tuesday would raise $250 million in 2016. The estimate was made by Whole Whale, a consultancy for nonprofit organizations, not the organizers of Giving Tuesday.

In a Nov. 28 Video, Robby Berman misidentified the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution as the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute.

In a Nov. 26 Brow Beat, Matthew Dessem misidentified Ron Glass’ hometown as Evansdale, Indiana. Glass was from Evansville, Indiana.

In a Nov. 22 Moneybox blog post, Henry Grabar misstated that Donald Trump had used his election to advance his business interests in England. The golf course in question is in Scotland.

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