“A Starwatch column described a recent Hubble space telescope image of two spiral galaxies and their smaller neighbour (13 April, page 33). A mistyped unit of distance led to the following exchange, which also serves, correctionwise:

“Reader: ‘I am well aware that the credit crunch has made us wholly confused between millions, billions and trillions but can a spiral galaxy really be only 60 million km beyond two other spiral galaxies? They must all be very minute as this is only the approximate distance between Earth and Mercury.’

“Columnist: ‘You are correct, thank you. The middle galaxy of the three may only be 60 million light years beyond the other two galaxies and not 60 million km; a small factor of 9,460,700,000,000 (km per light year) in distance!’” – The Guardian

Typos for Two

“A July 5, 2006, article misstated the name of a float in the previous day’s Independence Day parade on Constitution Avenue NW. The float was called ‘Sikhs of America,’ not ‘Sheiks of America.’” – Washington Post

“The Sept. 26, 2008, obituary of Mickey Vernon mistakenly called Max Patkin the ‘Crown Prince’ of baseball. He was known as baseball’s ‘Clown Prince.’” – Washington Post

Parting Shot

“Writer wrong: American humorist S. J. Perelman and compatriot ‘jazz’ poet Langston Hughes might have shared a February 1 birthday, a love of the written word and a penchant for moustaches but they did not share the same face. A photo in Burning Questions (Today, page 16, April 23) under the caption S. J. Perelman was in fact Hughes.” – West Australian

Craig Silverman is the editor of RegretTheError.com and the author of Regret The Error: How Media Mistakes Pollute the Press and Imperil Free Speech. He is also the editorial director of OpenFile.ca and a columnist for the Toronto Star.