You Won’t Find This on a Snapple Cap
We’ve been saying it incorrectly all along, folks. “Factoids” are statements that are based on inconclusive or unfounded evidence. The bottom graphic is actually incorrect – the proper term for a fun fact is “factlet.” Factlets are small, trivial pieces of factual information with concrete evidence. The more you know!
We’re not sure where “factid” comes from. After typing it into Google, there weren’t any conclusive articles that popped up. Factlet, however, yielded surefire results. Regardless, “factoid” is incorrect when referring to a piece of trivia. Factoids are merely “facts” that have been repeated so much that they simply become, well, facts. Even without supportive evidence.