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The New York Times Sets the Record Straight on Mario and Luigi’s Profession

TV personality Kristin Cavallari attends Nintendo’s celebration of the launch of Super Mario 3D Land at Siren Studios on November 3, 2011 in Hollywood

Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Nintendo

Poynter flags the instant classic correction in the New York Times:

An obituary on Sept. 20 about Hiroshi Yamauchi, the longtime president of Nintendo, included a quotation from a 1988 New York Times article that inaccurately described the Nintendo video game Super Mario Bros. 2. The brothers Mario and Luigi, who appear in this and other Nintendo games, are plumbers, not janitors.

You can read the original NYT obit here, and Slate’s here.