Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence: nor is the law less stable than the fact.
John Adams' argument for the defense: 3-4 December 1770
See also the information from Quote Investigator regarding attribution of "Facts are stubborn things" to Tobias Smollett and Alain-René Lesage.
Can you quickly evaluate whether or not a reported statistic seems reasonable?
[Sources deliberately not cited for the following statistics; verify them yourself rather than trusting this page blindly.]
U.S. Population -- if something happens to almost every American once in their lifetime, how many each year?
Average individual's time spent at work in a year
Power of 2 -- how quickly does doubling grow?
Rule of 72 -- approximately how many years are required to double something at a given annual percentage growth?