Month, year. What’s the difference?

Oh, heck, this is just a little typo. One little word is wrong and here I go pointing fingers at the folks at Yahoo! Celebrity:

months omg

It’s no big deal. So the guy was sentenced to eight years in the big house, and somebody couldn’t hold that little fact in his or her head long enough to write about it. So, someone just typed months instead of years. What’s the difference?

New national park just discovered!

Yahoo! Travel has learned of a new national park — one that hasn’t even been announced by our National Parks Service:


What a coincidence! Joshua Tree National Park is also 45 miles from the Westin Mission Hills. Before you head out to visit Joshua Springs, I suggest you verify its existence. Yahoo! writers have been known to make up the information they publish.

Don’t look here for medical info

Yahoo! Health has gotten a makeover! This is supposed to be an improvement, I suppose, over its previous incarnation. But is the content any better? If you’re seeking accurate information about health that’s also well-written, I suggest you look elsewhere. Here’s what I found in just the first article I tried to read:

wiki health 1

The verb fess, derived from the verb confess, is not considered a contraction of confess. It’s just fess; no apostrophe required.

I thought the name of this journal was a little odd; that’s because the real name is the “Journal of Medical Internet Research.” And that claim that 90 percent of medical information on Wikipedia is inaccurate? That’s wrong, too.

wiki health 2

The truth is that a study of Wikipedia information on ten common medical issues revealed that nine of the ten articles contained an error. NOT 90 percent of all medical information. That’s a huge difference and one that illustrates the writer’s inability to grasp a simple fact.

If the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (which for some strange reason is italicized) is a government website, that’s news to me. I’m sure it’s also news to ACOG:

wiki health 3

Looking for accurate health and medical information? Follow the writer’s advice and try WebMD.

Sorry, Charlie, but that’s wrong

Any sashimi lover knows the yellowfin tuna. So, I can only assume that the writers for the Yahoo! front page are more StarKist tuna types:

fp yelllowfish

That’s enough to make me angry

When I see an error as egregious as this one on the Yahoo! front page, I can get really riled up:

fp mutual

If you’re angry, too, perhaps we can bond over our shared outrage. I know I get really pissed off when I read something written by a paid professional who doesn’t know the meaning of a simple word like mutual. If two people have a mutual dislike, then they dislike each other. It does not mean that they dislike the same thing.

I’m a writer, not a mathematician!

Proving once again that Yahoo! writers aren’t adept at mathematics — or even basic arithmetic — the writer for Yahoo! Sports can’t seem to figure out if $3.5 million is more or less than $3.495 million:

5000 more sports

Mr. Tomlinson bought his home for $3.5 million. It is listed for an amount that’s $5,000 LESS than he paid for it.

John Kerry would be surprised

I’m sure Secretary of State John Kerry would be surprised with this “fact” from Yahoo! News:

governor news

John Kerry was never governor of Massachusetts. He was lieutenant governor, but is  more widely known as a former senator from Massachusetts. It’s just one more example of why you should never trust what you read from Yahoo!’s “journalists.”

What the Redskins didn’t lose

Beware of anything you read on Yahoo! News. If you’re reading this article, you might think that the Washington Redskins lost six patents and some copyright protection:

patents copyright news

That’s simply untrue. The team lost trademarks and therefore, trademark protection. The writer has confused patents, copyrights, and trademarks, treating them as if they were synonymous. They are not.

They really do think it’s 2015

The folks at Yahoo! seemed a little confused yesterday when they announced income numbers for 2015. Lest you think that the error is just the result of a writer going rogue, there’s additional evidence on Yahoo! Movies that Yahoo!ers have no idea what year it is:

next summer 2016 movies

Does your car have a microwave oven?

Stuck in traffic? Got a microwave oven handy? And some water, peanuts, Cup Noodles, and raisins? And maybe a spoon? Then you can make a snack, according to Yahoo! News:

fp stuck in traffic

OK, so maybe not. The writer obviously did not read the article that this teaser refers to. The article is about food you can get at a gas station mini-mart — not food you prepare in your car when you’re stuck in rush hour traffic.


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