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Greek or Roman?


Archaeologists hunt for Cleopatra’s tomb

Researchers have found by radar what may be three chambers as deep as 20 meters under the rock. Historians believe, based on the Roman writer Plutarch, that Antony and Cleopatra were buried together.

Plutarch was not a Roman historian. He was Greek.


Most sources I find say Plutarch was born in Greece but later became a Roman citizen: GBU Editor

The head of Egypt’s Council of Antiquities, Dr. Zahi Hawas, holds an alabaster statue of Queen Cleopatra as he poses for photographers in the Temple of Taposiris Magna some 50 km west of Alexandria April 19, 2009. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

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Bad conversion…

45 tonnes is not 40 million kg.


No. We removed the faulty conversion: GBU Editor

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The last ruler?


London show to examine Aztec ruler Moctezuma Reigning from 1502 to 1520, Moctezuma was the final ruler of present-day Mexico’s last native civilization.Moctezuma was not the final ruler of the Aztecs. There were 2 more after he was killed by stones thrown by his own people: Cuitlahuac, who died of smallpox, and Cuauhtemoc, who was captured after the fall of Tenochtitlan, tortured and executed.F.M.We corrected: GBU Editor A turquoise mosaic and cedro wood mask from Mexico is photographed at a launch event for the exhibition “Moctezuma: Aztec Ruler” at the British Museum in London, April 7, 2009. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

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On April 7th, 2009, a video on the Lifestyle page of was titled “Zoo Welcomes Baby Hippo”. But the video clearly showed a Rhinoceros. How can anyone mistake a Rhino for a Hippo? Please make the necessary corrections. Zaheen We pulled that one down and corrected it, but not before readers noticed; GBU Editor

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Earth Hour?


World switches off to save planet in “Earth Hour”


Australia first held Earth Hour in 2007 and it went global in 2008, attracting 50 million people, organisers say. WWF, which started the event, is hoping one billion people from nearly 90 countries will take part. Your subhead says one billion people participated? At the time this was posted the entire world hadn’t even gotten to “earth hour.” Did you just make this number up? Why not report the news truthfully and stop pushing an agenda? Tom Don’t your journalists know about who, what, when, where and why? The story I read never said WHEN Earth Hour was! Amazed We got our share of criticism over this one in the blogosphere. Yes, every version of the story should have made the time element of the event clear, and no, that subhead should not baldly have said that a billion people were taking part: GBU Editor

The Eiffel Tower is pictured during Earth Hour in Paris March 28, 2009. More than 80 countries have signed up for Earth Hour on Saturday in which homes, office towers and landmarks will turn off their lights from 8.30 pm local time to raise awareness about climate change and the threat from rising greenhouse gas emissions. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

A tall mountain, without any Redoubt


I just watched a video with voice-over about the eruption of Mt. Redoubt in Alaska.

In the video, the reporter mentions “the over 100,000 foot volcano”.

They joined…


China wants importers to cover some emission costs

China, like the United States, did not join the 17-year-old Kyoto Protocol aimed at reducing global emissions of carbon dioxide and other pollutants linked to climate change problems.

There is a significant factual error in this article. China has signed and ratified the Kyoto treaty, along with much of the world, the United States has not.

After while, crocodile!


Florida tests using magnets to repel crocodiles

MIAMI (Reuters) – Florida wildlife managers have launched an experiment to see if they can keep crocodiles from returning to residential neighborhoods by temporarily taping magnets to their heads to disrupt their “homing” ability.

Unless crocodiles have migrated to this country without the government knowing, the creatures in your article should be alligators.

To legume it may concern…

British study points to peanut allergy treatment

Scientists say peanut allergies are on the rise worldwide, but nobody knows why. There is no cure and people with the condition must avoid even the tiniest amount of food containing the nut.

Previous attempts to gradually build people’s immunity to nuts failed after producing serious side effects, possibly because the trials involved injections rather than the more gentle doses the Cambridge team used, the researchers said.

Sickened by pet food?


Salmonella outbreak sickens 388 across US- CDC

Salmonella-contaminated dry pet food sickened at least 79 people, including many young children, in October and November.

Your story says pet food sickened people. Is this for real? Or is it a blooper? May I be first to declare it!