Over the years, even the New Yorker's famously thorough fact-checking team has made a few boo-boos, drawing hilariously affronted letters from a roster of famous authors, astrologers, musicians and executives. Among the funniest: Groucho Marx, who wrote in 1929 to advise the magazine that New York Gov. Al Smith had recently attended five Broadway shows, rather than the reported four. "I'll give you just twenty-four hours to retract that statement before I call on you and horse-whip you within four or five inches of your life," Marx warned.

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