an insignificant or trivial fact.
something fictitious or unsubstantiated that is presented as fact, devised especially to gain publicity and accepted because of constant repetition.

1973; fact + -oid

factoidal, adjective
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factoid (ˈfæktɔɪd)
a piece of unreliable information believed to be true because of the way it is presented or repeated in print
[C20 (coined by Norman Mailer): from fact + -oid]

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1973, from fact + -oid, first explained, if not coined, by Norman Mailer.
"Factoids ... that is, facts which have no existence before appearing in a magazine or newspaper, creations which are not so much lies as a product to manipulate emotion in the Silent Majority." [N. Mailer, "Marilyn," 1973]
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Example sentences
If you know some factoid about bacteria in bathrooms, you know it from these studies.
But that's more of an interesting factoid than an important contribution to the argument, given all the fuzziness elsewhere.
In addition, the factoid promoting resiliency will also be discussed.
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