The Time of Shedding and Cold Rocks

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Linda Qiu, "President Trump’s Exaggerated and Misleading Claims on Trade", NYT 2/6/2018:

Correction: March 7, 2018 Because of an editing error involving a satirical text-swapping web browser extension, an earlier version of this article misquoted a passage from an article by the Times reporter Jim Tankersley. The sentence referred to America’s narrowing trade deficit during “the Great Recession,” not during “the Time of Shedding and Cold Rocks.” (Pro tip: Disable your “Millennials to Snake People” extension when copying and pasting.)

The "satirical text-swapping web browser extension" in question is Millennials to Snake People — source code available on GitHub — discussion in Slate.

According to coverage in Gizmodo, this tweet from NYT Senior Editor Justin Bank is valid:



  1. Rubrick said,

    March 7, 2018 @ 8:43 pm

    That's all kinds of awesome. Kudos to the NYT for providing the full explanation, and maintaining a sense of humor.

  2. Eric Wolf said,

    March 7, 2018 @ 9:12 pm

    I read Qiu's article and had to look up this obscure reference. If only more internet pranks were this much fun! I will be sure to call my young friends Snake People from now on!

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