US website Regret The Error spends its time digging up juicy corrections, retractions and clarifications in the media. This week the site selected its best corrections of 2006, which include these gems:

Following our article on Princess Eugenie’s birthday celebrations, we have been asked to point out the party was closely monitored by adults throughout and while a small amount of mess was cleared away at the end of the evening, there was no damage to furniture, no revellers dived into bedrooms in search of drunken romps and to describe the house as being trashed was incorrect. We are happy to make this clear and regret any distress our report caused. — The Sun (UK)

An article in Sunday’s Local section on the estate sale of former Gov. Elbert Carvel quoted Olin Vanaman of Wilmington about his excitement in purchasing 35 of the governor’s decanters during the auction, including one used at Queen Elizabeth’s coronation. Vanaman said he used a slang term when describing Carvel as “a big boozer,” but he did not mean that the former governor was a heavy drinker. Vanaman refers to people who collect decanters as “boozers,” he explained, “the same as guys who collect cars are gear-heads.” No reference to drinking or the consumption of alcohol was intended in the article. — The Delaware News Journal

An editorial in Friday’s paper incorrectly stated that Florida Cresswell, a candidate for state representative in the 28th District, was convicted in 1999 of battery and stealing Tupperware. In fact he was convicted of stealing a battery from a van as well as Tupperware that was inside the van. — Chicago Tribune

A film review on Wednesday about Little Miss Sunshine referred incorrectly to contestants in the fictional children’s beauty pageant of the title. The critic intended to compare the contestants to underage prostitutes, not to “underage fleshpots.” — The New York Times

A listing in Sunday Calendar said hot dogs would not be allowed at the Scandinavian Autumn Fest and Marknad on Sept. 17 at Vasa Park in Agoura. No canines will be allowed at the event. — The Los Angeles Times

We regret our self-indulgence in this subject.

Peter Fray

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