The Best, Worst, And Funniest Corrections From 2021

Featuring Frida Kahlo, Dear Evan Hansen, and Flamin' Hot Cheetos.


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This article originally claimed that Ben Platt's Dear Evan Hansen haircut was a wig. It is, astoundingly, his own hair
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Other than that, a perfect film!


A correction reads that eating unborn baby rabbits was not a sustained practice, but an isolated incident by one person "and no one thought he was normal at the time for doing it"
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Alright so this addition woulda been a banger but mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa.


Correction: A previous version of this story misstated that Representative Ted Lieu grabbed a crowbar before leaving his office; he grabbed a ProBar energy bar
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(H/T: @DavidUberti)


A lengthy correction from Jan. 13 reads that a shirtless man during the Capitol insurrection was misidentified as a Trump supporter who had punched a door, when in reality he was a Daily Caller videographer who had been attempting to retrieve his phone


A BBC headline that previously described Phil Spector in an obituary as a "talented but flawed producer" did not meet the news outlet's editorial standards
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The headline was updated to label Spector as a "pop producer jailed for murder." (H/T: @uk_domain_names)


An article correction from Feb. 19 reads that an aforementioned lyric miscalculated the number of minutes in 25 years, the date since the premiere of the musical Rent since it failed to count the seven leap years
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And, to be fair, it's not the only Broadway musical correction in this list. (H/T: @BethNovey)


Biden speaks at a lectern in front of an Amtrak train
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Correction: An earlier version of this article misstated President Biden's participation in an event marking the anniversary of Amtrak. He is speaking in front of a train, he will not be on a train
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Biden also reportedly wanted to wear a conductor hat, blow into a whistle, and sing "Conjunction Junction" but was advised against it.


A correction reads that a photo caption misidentified a bust in the Oval Office as one of Eleanor Roosevelt, when it was actually Cesar Chavez
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Who among us hasn't conflated the story of the farmworker labor organizer and first lady Eleanor Roosevelt. (H/T: @JWPascale)


A correction reads that the Canadian Press mistakenly quoted the national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, after being asked whether he is taking French lessons, as saying "maybe" but he had used the French phrase "mais oui"
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Wish I spoke French. Mais oui someday.


Editor's note: A previous version of this story stated that the bear is a brown bear; while it is a bear that is brown, it is not a brown bear; it is a black bear that is brown
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Hire 🐻more 🐻bears 🐻in 🐻your 🐻newsrooms 🐻(H/T: @AndrewCharmings)


The headline on this story was changed on Aug. 21 from "harvesting your own seed is one of gardening's great pleasures" to "harvesting the seed of a favourite plant is one of gardening's great pleasures" to avoid any ambiguity
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So I guess I didn't need to read this one in Incognito Mode. (H/T: @PickardJE)


An earlier version of this item inaccurately said that Michael Leach also coached Texas Tech football, but that coach was a different man with the same name)
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They are leeching off each other's legacies. 😩


A correction reads that Cornelius Van Schaack is Teddy Roosevelt's grandfather, rather than his father, adding "I learn somethign new every single day, isn't life glorious?"
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Count your blessings every day.


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"Long Boi did not receive an honorary degree. A previous version of the story said he did."
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An insult to academic fowl everywhere who had to work for their degrees.


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The history behind Flamin' Hot Cheetos is actually really, really complicated.


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It is rightfully in the Home & Garden vertical, though.


A correction reads that Andrew Johnson, not Jackson, succeeded Lincoln; "my sincerest apologies to each and every one of my history teachers, and also my history buff dad, who texted me to tell me about my mistake"
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Thanks for reading, dad.


An earlier version of this article misstated the part of a woman's body from which eggs are harvested; they are harvested from the ovaries, not the womb
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No one else was in the womb where it happens.


frida kahlo didn't say this, my friend becky wrote this on a picture of frida kahlo and sent it to postsecret in 2008 and it's been attributed to kahlo ever since!!!!

Twitter: @trophyhuman
MOMA correction tweet on Nov. 24 reading "The quote in this tweet is erroneously attributed to Frida Kahlo."

Read more here.


An earlier version of this article said that Israel bans the Palestinian flag; it has banned the flag in certain situations in the past, but today the flag can be confiscated and the flying of it penalized under Israeli public safety ordinances
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"The 'correction' amounts to: 'Israel does not ban the Palestinian flag, however Israel does ban the Palestinian flag," @AliAbunimah tweeted.


Correction: We got the story of 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears' wrong. It was Goldilocks who found Baby Bear's bed to be 'just right.'
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I mean, I always fell asleep before I heard the end anyway. (H/T: @raju)


A correction reads that a news story incorrectly stated that Sweeney Todd slits the throats of his clients and then sells their bodies for meat; the story was updated to clarify he slits their throats, and that his accomplice bakes them into pies
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