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In a galaxy far, far away

Is this the nerdiest New York Times correction ever?

Is this the nerdiest New York Times correction ever?

Earlier today, The New York Times' @NYTArchives Twitter account pulled out a special treat for Star Wars fans: a 1976 profile of George Lucas that ran more than six months before the original Star Wars hit theaters.

But a few eagle-eyed readers noticed a problem with the story: a caption on a picture of Chewbacca, being escorted by two Imperial Stormtroopers, that referred to the Stromtroopers as "robots."

Faced with such a humiliating error, the paper did the right thing and issued an impressively detailed correction — even taking into account the revelations of 2002's Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones:

It took almost 40 years, but never let it be said that The Grey Lady won't admit its mistakes.