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The littlest errors can significantly change the meaning of a sentence or story, but a well-written correction gets a lot of attention.

iMediaEthics has collected a handful of amusing errors or corrections from this year so far. Did we miss any good ones?

  1. An NBC News Feb. 13 tweet mistakenly said ISIS fighters are shaving bears, the Independent reported. “ISIS fighters are shaving bears and hiding in civilian homes to avoid airstrikes,” NBC News tweeted. In reality, the fighters are shaving their beards.

2. The New York Times corrected a real estate article that reported that New York City apartment dwellers couldn’t get hot water 24/7.

“An answer in the Ask Real Estate column last Sunday about laws addressing the availability of hot water misstated the hours at which apartments in New York City must be supplied with it, according to city rules. Hot water must be available 24 hours a day, not from 6 a.m. to midnight.


3. You don’t need a 13-pound rabbit to make a braised rabbit recipe. The  Toronto Star‘s March 11 correction of a March 9 recipe:  “The March 9 recipe for braised rabbit calls for a 3 lb. (1.3 kg) rabbit. The recipe misstated the amount of meat required in pounds as 13 lbs.”


4. Natalie Wood’s daughter forgot how old she was when she spoke with the New York Times for a March article. A March 27 correction read: “An article last Sunday about Natasha Gregson Wagner, the daughter of Natalie Wood, misstated her age. Although she told the reporter that she was 46, her husband pointed out to her after the article that she was still 45.”


5, The Wall Street Journal gave Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg a major raise with an error in an April 28 story about the company’s revenue.

“An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated Sheryl Sandberg’s compensation. The value of her total pay rose 20% to $18.7 million, not billion.”

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5 Amusing Corrections from 2016

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