from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A piece of unverified or inaccurate information that is presented in the press as factual, often as part of a publicity effort, and that is then accepted as true because of frequent repetition: "What one misses finally is what might have emerged beyond both facts and factoids—a profound definition of the Marilyn Monroe phenomenon” ( Christopher Lehmann-Haupt).
- n. Usage Problem A brief, somewhat interesting fact.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An inaccurate statement or statistic believed to be true because of broad repetition, especially if cited in the media.
- n. An interesting item of trivia.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. something resembling a fact; unverified (often invented) information that is given credibility because it appeared in print
- n. a brief (usually one sentence and usually trivial) news item
So the court does interpret Satanism as philosophical religion and does it grant it certain rights under the First Amendment this factoid is appreciated, however could be also damaging in the future when liberals examine the facts that most Satanic Religions are simply created by people over the Internet.
An interesting factoid is that the extra 10% tax on new cars was started sometime in the mid 1980s as a temporary tax.
The refusal to disclose the mathematical calculations used to create the 740,000 factoid is itself cause for serious suspicion; our own calculations indicate that the 740,000 figure is far toohigh.
Another interesting factoid is that 38.23 prevents the use of anyunlawfully obtained evidence, not just that obtained by the police.
Another fun factoid is that Steven Spielberg was originally signed on to direct the movie but had to cancel due to scheduling conflicts with his other film projects.
The other factoid is that “trebuchet” comes from the French term meaning to overthrow.
And the neologism factoid describes a bit of data which, while seemingly resembles a fact, but ... not so much.
(A factoid is a statement that may have no basis in fact, but that is generally believed because it is repeated so often.)
These types of things seem so innocent and quaint but I think we need to be very aware of what a large role these false labels can play in establishing a "factoid" in someones mind which cannot be dislodged, regardless of new and actual factual information which conflicts with their established "factoid".
It was one "factoid" I always mention in every lecture I do on solar energy - the unbelievable fact that we would only need to cover about 1/6th of the state of Arizona with solar panels to power 100% of our country's electricity demand, even with current technology!