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I am compiling a couple of facts to publish in a newsletter.

Some of them are fun to know so I've called them Fun Facts.

Some on the other hand are not-so-fun, even tragic in some cases. What is the right word to describe them?

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  • Related: Origin of the term "fun fact".
    – Sven Yargs
    Jan 25, 2019 at 7:50
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    I think the answer depends on why you're including these facts. If there's a specific reason, then the label should match that; if not, then they're "random facts".
    – ruakh
    Jan 25, 2019 at 8:14
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    The contrast can be found in 'cold hard facts' and 'inconvenient truths'.
    – AmI
    Jan 25, 2019 at 8:20
  • “Fun Facts” and “Tragic Truths”.
    – pbasdf
    Jan 25, 2019 at 9:20
  • It might be painful.
    – Hot Licks
    Jan 25, 2019 at 13:05

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The term "Fun fact" is really just a common phrase that consists of an adjective (fun) and a noun (fact). In other words, it is not a 'single word', and people can easily come up with another 2-word adjective+noun phrases, like "red apple", "green apple", "brown box", "white box". One could argue that the opposite of 'fun' can be either 'boring' or 'serious', but I think true opposites only come in pairs, such as in/out, up/down, ie, you can't have more than one opposite.

What I am trying to say therefore is, you can add any adjective in front of the word 'fact' to describe it, like sad/serious/tragic/funny fact, there doesn't have to be an opposite of a 'fun' fact.

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For a newsletter, you could use General News or General Updates. Those carry a neutral tone.

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  • Neither of these works if they're historical facts though.
    – Laurel
    Jan 30, 2019 at 3:07
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You can use the word trivia to represent all kinds of facts, whether they're fun or not. It's a fairly neutral term (regarding this aspect; it does convey a message that the facts aren't really useful to know).

Details, considerations, or pieces of information of little importance or value.

(source: Oxford Dictionaries)

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