We spitball a lot of “out there” ideas on this site.  And while that’s all well and good, a bit of legitimacy goes a long way in backing up our claims.  So, whether you’re skeptical about something you read or just find yourself wanting to do a bit more sleuthing on your own, below are sources and summaries of those sources for any of the facts and figures we cite in our pieces.  To the best of our ability, we’ve broken them down by the articles in which they occur and, because we know how lazy you are, have even taken the liberty of subdividing them based on specific sections within said articles. Happy digging!