... is a term to remember. Here, it is used in the context of an essay by Dennis Overbye, "Rumors in Astrophysics Spread at Light Speed." It's a good read.
Nearby, you might also have a look at "Tracing Oil Reserves to Their Tiny Origins," by William J. Broad. Probably you didn't really still think that oil
was put there by Jesus, 6000 years ago comes from dead dinosaurs, but it's nice to have the story told as well as this one does.