Question of the Day

Apr 26, 2017

Yesterday we asked: The word "factoid" first appeared in a 1973 biography, where it referred to an "invented" fact that people believe is true because it appears in print. Name the author who coined the word. Extra credit if you name the book, too.

Answer: That was Norman Mailer, who coined the word in his Marilyn Monroe biography, “Marilyn.”

Congrats to Craig Pittman, who was first to tweet in the correct answer, and honorable mention goes Laure for tweeting, “goodbye, Norma Jean, hello alt-facts.”

Your question of the day for today is…Whose mannerisms did Christian Bale study to prepare for his role as serial killer Patrick Bateman in "American Psycho"?

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