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Two largest nations?


Odd friends, Bush and Lula foster ties

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazil’s President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and President Bush come from opposite ends of the political spectrum but good personal rapport and mutual interests are helping to warm ties between the Western Hemisphere’s two largest nations.

The author, in the opening paragraph, refers to the United States and Brazil as being the two largest nations in the Western Hemisphere. However, unless I am mistaken, Canada and the United States are the two largest nations in the Western Hemisphere.


We corrected: GBU Editor

But what’s the sport?





Ukrainian coach Mikhail Zubkov and his daughter Kateryna Zubkova hold hands as they leave a courthouse in Melbourne March 29, 2007. Police have placed an intervention order on Zubkov after television pictures showed him fighting with his daughter at the world championships on Tuesday. REUTERS/David Callow

In at least two of your current photo captions regarding Mikhail Zubkov and his daughter, you fail to mention in what sport he is a coach and which world championships they were attending.

That’s not Jordan…



In one of your video stories you mark the territory commonly known as the UAE as “Jordan”! Come on Reuters, you’re better than that!


Yikes! We pulled that story from our site: GBU Editor

Floppy writing?


Yahoo to offer unlimited e-mail storage

By contrast, when Yahoo first introduced its e-mail service a little under a decade ago, it capped individual storage at 4 megabytes per user. At that time, an “ultra high-density” floppy disk for personal computers then held 144 megabytes.

This article is inaccurate. The number is 1.44, not 144.


We heard from a number of readers on this one. Yes, 1.44 megs was the standard floppy, but our writer points out that the “ultra high density floppy was 144 megs: GBU Editor

More about style on names


A worker walks during sunset after working in the new capital Nay Pyi Taw March 26, 2007.  REUTERS/Sukree Sukplang

The editorial comment on the GBU block concerning the right use of the word ‘The Gulf’ made me wonder about a similar problem concerning the name of the country Myanmar or Burma. I have noticed that BBC uses Burma nowadays, whereas on the Reuters pictures pages there was today a selection of pictures from Myanmar.

Toad story, warts and all…


Monster cane toad found in Australia

toad222.jpgSYDNEY, March 27 (Reuters) – A huge cane toad the size of a small dog has been captured in the Australian tropical city of Darwin, startling environmentalists who are fighting to stop the poisonous reptiles from spread across the country.

The people who wrote, subbed, and published this intro each need a slap. Seven year olds know that a toad is an amphibian, not a reptile. Embarrassing.

When Bush leaves office


White House aides face more potential subpoenas     

Unless a compromise can be reached, a lengthy court fight could ensue, possibly lasting until after Bush leaves office in January 2005.

January 2005? Surely not!

Careful Reader

We corrected: GBU Editor

Which gulf?


UK forces say “incident” in Gulf waterway near Iran

BASRA, Iraq (Reuters) – British forces said on Friday there had been “an incident” in the northern Arabian Gulf after an Iraqi sailor reported seeing up to seven British or American military personnel being seized by an Iranian ship.

In an article attributed to Reuters it talks about an incident in the “Arabian Gulf”. Now, I know where the Persian Gulf is, but I have no idea where the “Arabian Gulf” is situated.

The Austen family tree…


Only known painting of Jane Austen to go on sale

austen200.jpgBut Henry Rice, a “sixth generation descendant” of the writer of classics such as “Emma”, “Sense and Sensibility” and “Pride and Prejudice”, believes the sale of a picture that has divided experts will not be without controversy.

You have an article about a portrait of Jane Austen being offered at auction. You describe the seller Henry Rice as a “sixth generation descendant” of Austen. Austen, however, never married and had no children. The dictionary definition of “descendant” is “a person whose descent can be traced to a particular individual.” 

Good Night, and Good Luck…


Author thinks chess can win bigger U.S. audience

Weinreb spent a year following the chess team at Edward R. Marrow High School in Brooklyn, New York, which has won several national championships.

In your article you call Edward R. Murrow High School in Brooklyn Edward R. Marrow High School. Someone at Reuters must have it in for journalists.