A Factoid is a brief piece of information that appears to be true, but isn’t necessarily factual or verified, yet is repeated as fact anyway.
A Fact is a thing that is indisputably the case and is typically proven through evidence. If science, logic, and citation can prove something is true, then it gets labeled fact. If one or more parts of a statement are false, then it should be categorized a myth (all half-truths are myths). Some truth has grey areas, others like “Lincoln was a Republican” are a matter of record. You’ll find both types below, and when we use philosophical arguments that employ logic and reason, it will be noted.
Below is a list of factoids we have rated as “facts”. If you think you can prove any of the facts below to not be true, please let us know in the comments. All input will be considered. See our list of myths here. Learn more about what is a fact?
The term malaria comes from two medieval Italian words “mal” and “aria,” which when put together mean “bad air.” This came about before we understood that the disease was passed from a parasite carried by misquotes who lived in the wet ground, and not through “the bad air of swamps”.
Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus is a novel by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley in which Dr. Victor Frankenstein creates an unnamed “monster”.