Corrections from the past week.

Corrections from the past week.

Corrections from the past week.

Slate's mistakes.
Oct. 22 2004 11:39 AM


In an Oct. 13 "Foreigners," Lee Smith mistakenly said jihadists "didn't like infidels defiling non-Muslim lands with gambling, alcohol, and prostitution," instead of "didn't like infidels defiling Muslim lands."


In an Oct. 15 "Jurisprudence," Rod Smolla erroneously suggested that the Fraternal Order of Eagles donated monuments nationwide to honor the Eagle Scouts. In fact, the monuments were intended to honor the Boy Scouts in general.

In the Oct. 18 "Swingers: Minnesota," Andy Bowers originally wrote that Michael Dukakis won nine states in 1988. Dukakis won 10 (and the District of Columbia).

In an Oct. 18 "War Stories" on problems in the Army Reserve, Phil Carter originally stated that Napoleon invented the "levée en masse."  In fact, the Committee of Public Safety invented it; Napoleon is credited with using the levée en masse to revolutionize warfare.

An Oct. 19 "Book Club" entry by Alex Abramovich misstated the name of the poet of "The Windhover." It's Gerard Manley Hopkins, not Gerald Manley Hopkins, as was originally stated.


In an Oct. 20 "Sports Nut," Josh Levin wrote that the 1972 Oakland A's lost the World Series. They won it.

In the Oct. 20 "Today's Papers," Eric Umansky originally and incorrectly stated that GIs and Iraqi national guardsmen had clashed in a firefight. In fact, they fought together against guerrillas.

In an Oct. 21 "International Papers," Ed Finn stated that the bandit Koose Muniswamy Veerappan operated in the Chambal region of central India. In fact, his criminal activities were based in the forests of southern India. Also, the article orginally referred to Rajkumar as a "Bollywood" actor; in fact, Rajkumar is a star in the South India film industry, rather than the Bombay-based Bollywood.

In an Oct. 21 "Sports Nut," Charles P. Pierce originally stated that Kevin Millar called his Red Sox teammates "a bunch of idiots." In fact, Johnny Damon coined the phrase.

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