I've been known to take my nerdy things far too seriously. I may have needed to exert great effort to bite my tongue while my little brother made up a non-canonical history for the Green Lantern toys he got for Christmas. Apparently, someone else of a similar ilk brought an equally grievous error to the attention of the New York Times.
Is this the nerdiest New York Times correction ever?
This article has been revised to reflect the following correction:
Correction: December 30, 2011
An article on Monday about Jack Robison and Kirsten Lindsmith, two college students with Asperger syndrome who are navigating the perils of an intimate relationship, misidentified the character from the animated children’s TV show “My Little Pony” that Ms. Lindsmith said she visualized to cheer herself up. It is Twilight Sparkle, the nerdy intellectual, not Fluttershy, the kind animal lover.
Yes, a paragraph-long correction was needed to point out that the New York Times got their My Little Ponies mixed up. Finally, America's long national nightmare is over.
And, given my own obsessiveness, I of course had to go learn more about any character described as a "nerdy intellectual." Apparently we live in a world that embraces nerdy intellectuals far more than it used to, as Twilight Sparkle is apparently the lead of the current generation of My Little Ponies, "My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic." Here's a clip from the show offering some Twilight Sparkle origin story:
And now I need to stop talking about this before I get the urge to actually watch an episode.