By those measures, a fact is what it is used for, and facts, or what people call facts, are used to trick people into admitting that they have been lying and will probably turn out to be experiencing a psychotic break.
Oliver “Shiny” Blakemore
Back in the old days, the goal was to hypothesize a theory and set out to proving it was correct, therefore moving it from Theorytown and into Fact City Limits.
Now, instead of proving ourselves right, the goal is to prove everyone else wrong before daring to throw a fact into the conversation.
I don’t even like having to cite sources proving what I WANTED to say, much less having to cite the gazillion sources it would take to call out all the bullshit out there.