Corrections from the last week.

Corrections from the last week.

Corrections from the last week.

Slate's mistakes.
Oct. 3 2008 6:58 AM


In an Oct. 2 "Do the Math," Jordan Ellenberg originally misstated how many coin flips you would have to get wrong to lose $204,700 using the martingale betting strategy. It is 11, not 10.


In the Oct. 1 "Chatterbox," Timothy Noah wrote, incorrectly, that in an interview with Katie Couric of CBS News, Sarah Palin could name no Supreme Court decision apart from Roe v. Wade. Palin could name no Supreme Court decision that she disagreed with apart from Roe v. Wade. The incorrect sentence was written before CBS News released the clip and was based on a characterization by an unnamed Palin aide as quoted in Politico.

In the Sept. 30 "Explainer," Noreen Malone originally understated the independence of the Office of Special Counsel and included a reference to Patrick Fitzgerald that was unclear about the actual scope of his authority. She also incorrectly stated that the Supreme Court upheld the law governing special prosectors in 1998. The court upheld the law a decade earlier, in 1988.

In the Sept. 30 "Shopping," Laura Moser mistakenly referred to the Federal Bureau of Investigations, plural. It is the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

In the Sept. 29 "Science," Daniel Engber described a scene in Californication in which David Duchovny's character performs cunnilingus on an underage girl whom he'd taken to be his wife. The girl's exact age was never stated, and he mistook her for his girlfriend.

In the Sept. 26 "Jurisprudence," Charles Homans stated that Ted Stevens' wife, Catherine, was seated in the second row of the courtroom during his trial. She was not.

In a Sept. 26 "Movies," Josh Levin misquoted a line from Eagle Eye. The correct quote is "she could probably turn a train into a walking duck."

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