In the book The Half Life Of Facts there was a misstatement made that neither the author nor the proofreaders picked up on. When recounting the story of the re-discovery of the Coelacanth, a fish that was thought to be extinct for millions of years, the author made a fatal error.
"At the time, Marjorie Courtney-Latimer, a young woman in South Africa, was the curator of a small museum in the town of East London, not far from Cape Town. She had befriended a fisherman in the area, and he would periodically show his catch to her, allowing her to add any possible finds to the museum's collection. One winter day at the end of 1938, when Courtney-Latimer went to the dock to check out the fisherman's haul..."
Do you see the error? The fact that you can find a statement like this in a book about what a tenuous thing facts are is ironic to say the least!
If you didn't see the error in the above statement, perhaps you should do some research on South Africa's climate.