Sometimes the corrections make better reading than the actual story. Here, from the illuminating website Regret The Error, are a few selected corrections from recent editions of the US online magazine Slate:

In the April 6 “Medical Examiner,”
an editor’s error resulted in the article saying that rats were fed a
diet reduced in yeast and sugar in studies of longevity. Fruit flies
were the animals fed such a diet.

In the April 6 “Today’s Pictures,” Photos 10 and 12 were originally placed out of order, and the Visitors’ Center pictured was misidentified as a Mormon temple.

In the April 3 “Hollywood Economist,” Edward Jay Epstein misspelled the names Stacey Snider and Garry Shandling.

In the March 31 “Explainer,”
Daniel Engber stated that the “pork tapeworm” is notable because it can
lay its eggs inside your body. Both beef tapeworms and pork tapeworms
can release eggs in your body. Pork tapeworms are noteworthy because
their eggs can become implanted in your organs. Also, the photograph in
this story was originally mislabeled a “beef tapeworm” because of
inaccurate caption information provided by Corbis. Beef tapeworms do
not have hooks attached to their heads. The specimen pictured belongs
to one of the many tapeworm species that do have hooks, such as the
pork tapeworm.

In the March 30 “Movies,”
Willing Davidson wrote that the young black man, in the incident that
ended in his being called a racial epithet, had hit his golf ball into
a white man’s yard. The young man was discreetly relieving himself in a
place where the white man could see him.

Peter Fray

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