Factoids..

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A factoid is a questionable (unverified,) statement presented as a fact, without supporting evidence.

As example: “Barack Obama was born in his grandmother’s house in Kenya, South Africa.

Of course, since I am one of the residence of this planet who believes that story to be true, for me it is a factoid.

For the rest of you, (or at least those of you who live beyond the next 20 years), ..I believe that it will become a fact. 

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The word can also be used to describe a particularly insignificant or novel fact, in the absence of much relevant context.

The word is defined by the Compact Oxford English Dictionary as; “an item of unreliable information that is repeated so often that it becomes accepted as fact”.

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Factoid was coined by Norman Mailer in his 1973 biography of Marilyn Monroe. Mailer described a factoid as “facts which have no existence before appearing in a magazine or newspaper”, and created the word by combining the word fact and the ending -oid to mean “similar but not the same”.

The Washington Times described Mailer’s new word as referring to “something that looks like a fact, could be a fact, but in fact is not a fact”. 

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Factoids may give rise to, ..or arise from, common misconceptions and urban legends.

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 Like Freddy Krueger…

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 Jason…

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..or a crocodile emerging from your toilet.

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The following are “other” well-known examples of factoids.

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The Great Wall of China has been described as being the only man-made structure visible from the moon.

In reality, no man-made structure on Earth can be seen with the naked eye from the moon.

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Dogs and cats are color-blind and see the world in scales of grey.

Dogs and cats have color vision, called “dichromate,” albeit dichromate vision is not nearly as proficient as “trichromate” color vision that humans enjoy, and/or, red, green, and blue light.

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There are some that believe the Texas State flag is the only state flag that can be flown at the same height as the American flag, as Texas formerly held the status as a nation.

However, in reality, according to the United States Flag Code, all state flags are displayed at the same height as the American flag when on separate poles, with the American flag in a position of honor (to its own right).

State flags hang below the American flag while on the same pole, and should never be larger than the American flag.

In reality, Texas is not the only U.S. state to formerly have diplomatic recognition. 

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The state of Hawaii shares the same status. 

Hold a good thought, I’ll be back tomorrow

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Crusader Rabbit…

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