Corrections from the last week.

Corrections from the last week.

Corrections from the last week.

Slate's mistakes.
June 27 2008 7:08 AM


In the June 26 "Chatterbox," Timothy Noah referred to the Supreme Court justice as Anthony Scalia. Scalia's first name is Antonin.

In a June 25 "Convictions" blog post, Eric Posner misspelled Boumediene.


In a June 25 "Moneybox," Yves Smith misspelled the name of  peak-oil theorist Matthew Simmons.

In the June 24 "Foreigners," Peter Maass originally claimed that an SEC investigation led to money-laundering fines against Riggs Bank. The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency pursued the investigation.

In the June 24 "Gearbox," Jason Stein wrote that California residents who bought a Lexus GS 450h qualified for a Clean Air Vehicle decal that allowed for free metered parking. The car does qualify as a super-low-emission vehicle, but the state has given away its full allotment of the decals.

In the June 23 "Family," Emily Bazelon left the word from out of the book title From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.


In a June 23 "Science," Carl Zimmer incorrectly stated that early cephalopods used bursts of air to propel themselves and that octopuses have been observed to push toys around a tank with jets of air. In both cases, the animals used water, not air. The piece also described the octopus as having about 500,000 neurons in total. The octopus has 500 million neurons, not 500,000.

In the June 20 "Culturebox," Jonah Weiner stated that Lil Wayne was the first hip-hop artist to fantasize about eating his competition. Other rappers have contemplated consuming their rivals.

A June 17 "Hollywoodland" raised questions about a photograph of Claus von Stauffenberg that appeared in a United Artists promotional campaign for the movie Valkyrie. The piece pointed out that the photo UA used looked more like Tom Cruise, the star of the film, than a similar-looking AP photo of von Stauffenberg. Because of insufficient photo research by Slate's editors, we failed to discover another archival image of von Stauffenberg, which appears to be the one UA used in its publicity campaign. As a result of this mistake, the question the piece raised—whether the photo had been doctored in an effort to make Claus von Stauffenberg look more like Tom Cruise—was unwarranted.

In the June 5 "DVD Extras," Troy Patterson misspelled Ta-Nehisi Coates' first name.

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