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Factoids—a word coined by Norman Mailer in his introduction toMarilyn—are mere speculations or guesses which have been repeated so often that they are eventually taken for hard facts. There is something decidedly unbiological about such factoids: the tendency to get stronger the longer they live is one of their most insidious qualities. Factoids occur in all branches of scholarship and many are of course still well disguised—their complete discovery would create havoc in the subjects concerned.doi:10.2307/631520 fatcat:awrczr5zezhopp23mu4yl6ejiy