Synonyms.com says a "factoid" is:

  • something resembling a fact; unverified (often invented) information that is given credibility because it appeared in print or
  • a brief (usually one sentence and usually trivial) news item.


  • Today, 5,000,000 Canadians, out of a total population of 34,000,000 proudly claim Scottish descent.

  • There are 25,000 people in Canada with the surname "Grant." That's about half the approximately 50,000 in the United Kingdom.

  • The name "Grant" may come from the Gaelic (or possibly Norse) word meaning of "Gravelly," "Gritty" or "Gray Haired."

  • It used to be thought that the Grants were Normans who came to Great Britain during the Norman conquest in 1066. However, it is now generally believed by Grant experts that the Grants were Vikings. And - even more interesting - the Vikings may have been Trojans!

  • North American Grants are probably not related to well-known historical figure Ulysses S. Grant - 19th President of the United States (1869–1877) because he was descended from a small group of Grants who lived in southern England.

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