Substantiated True Facts

Until just recently, it was common for the Vera Wang Wedding Dress Boutique in Shanghai to charge a $484 "try-on fee". - Time Magazine, 4/15/13

When one of its planes broke down shortly after landing, passengers of a Shandong Airlines flight were asked to push it a half mile to the gate. - Readers' Digest, 9/11

Kazakh gold medalist Maria Dmitrienko took the podium at a March 2012 recent sporting event. The sound crew unfortunately played the Kazakhstan national anthem parody heard in the movie "Borat". - Time Magazine, 4/9/12

The odds are 1 out of 2,500 (.04%) that you're on a waiting list for a viable organ for a transplant procedure. - Discover Magazine, 5/12

Americans lost $30,000,000,000 worth of cellphones in 2011. - The Week Magazine, 4/6/12

18 Americans die each day waiting for a viable organ for a transplant procedure. - Discover Magazine, 5/12

The odds are 1 in 50 (2%) that you're in jail if you're an American. - The Week Magazine, 4/6/12

Washington Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth hit a home run in an exhibition game in 2012. The ball went out of the park, and hit Werth's own truck in the parking lot. - San Diego Union-Tribune, 3/26/12

The odds are 1 in 1,500,000 (.0000067%) that you will die because of an allergy to food this year. - Discover Magazine, 5/12

The odds are over 1 in 4 (27%) that Americans who keep sizable amounts of cash at home hide it in the freezer. - The Week Magazine, 4/27/12

The odds are 1 in 12 (8%) that you are colorblind, if you're a man. - San Diego Union-Tribune, 4/10/12

Cars driven by Americans use almost 1,000,000,000 additional gallons of gasoline each year because so many of Americans are overweight. - The Week Magazine, 5/11/12

The odds are 1 in 14 (7%) that you claim that you "rarely" or "never" bathe. - San Diego Union-Tribune, 5/22/12

The odds are over 1 in 3 (34%) that if you were divorced in 2011, the word "Facebook" is somewhere in the divorce filing. - The Week Magazine, 6/1/12

It costs $50 per second to operate Air Force One. - Time Magazine, 6/4/12

For the first time in United States history, neither of the two presidential candidates have ever served in the military. - The Week Magazine, 6/8/12

There are parts of the Atacama Desert (in Chile) where no rain has ever been recorded. - Discover Magazine, 6/12

Fully 17% of all families in Singapore have assets over $1,000,000. - Time Magazine, 6/25/12

If Mitt Romney had been elected in November, Barack Obama's tax burden would have fallen by $90,000. Romney's own tax bill would have gone down $5,000,000 each year. - The Week Magazine, 6/15/12

22% of Americans want Bruce Springsteen to write a new National Anthem. - Time Magazine, 6/25/12

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