Corrections from the past week.

Corrections from the past week.

Corrections from the past week.

Slate's mistakes.
Oct. 15 2004 10:39 AM


In a Sept. 29 "Net Election," Eric Wiener originally claimed that Indians used to vote by pressing an ink-stained thumb onto a paper ballot. In fact, Indians voted by rubber stamping a paper ballot. They pressed their ink-stained thumbs onto the ballot in order to prevent voter fraud.


In the Oct. 1 "Summary Judgment," Ben Williams misstated that John Travolta starred "as a heroic fireman who flashes back through his life while trapped in a burning building." It is, in fact, Joaquin Phoenix who does this.

In an Oct. 11 "Do the Math," Jordan Ellenberg wrote that the chance of winning the Powerball lottery is 1 in 80 million. It is actually close to 1 in 120 million.

In the Oct. 11 "International Papers," Michael Young referred to Jacques Derrida as the father of structionalism; he is the father of deconstructivism.

In the Oct. 12 "Today's Papers," Eric Umansky originally stated that USAT's current poll had President Bush at 49 percent and Sen. Kerry at 48 percent. In fact, it was the opposite: Kerry was at 49 percent and Bush at 48 percent.

In an Oct. 14 "Chatterbox," Timothy Noah misstated the dollar amount that the state of Massachusetts receives from the federal government for every dollar of tax revenue it contributes to the U.S. Treasury. It's 79 cents, not 97 cents.

In an Oct. 14, "Fashion" article, Amanda Fortini erroneously stated that the Super Bowl occurred in January. The Super Bowl was actually on Feb. 1, 2004.

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