2018-05-06 00:29:22 UTC
We've seen this term used quite a bit in this newsgroup to describe myths
that have been presented as established facts. While watching Jeopardy
last night, I learned the term was originated by Norman Mailer in 1973 to
describe things reported by the news media and accepted as fact without
evidence to support them. He coined the term in his biography of Marilyn
Monroe. I'm sure there were many factoids regarding her life and death.