Tuesday, February 10, 2009

What exactly is a factoid, anyway?

Many people have written us wondering what factoids are. Apparently there are two slightly contradictory definitions. The primary definition is that factoids are pseudo-facts, i.e. they look like facts but are not actually true. (Stephen Colbert might say they lack a little truthiness.) Another definition that has gained some ground is that of a completely meaningless fact (or factlet as William Safire would have it). For more on the subject read the Wikipedia entry on factoids.

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