Theory predicts that aggregate volatility ought to be a priced risk factor. In an influential study with more than 1000 citations on Google Scholar, Ang, Hodrick, Xing and Zhang (2006) propose an ex post factor, FVIX, intended as a proxy for aggregate volatility risk. Their test validating FVIX is an OLS regression of portfolio excess returns on FVIX and other independent variables over the data ... [Show full abstract] period February 1986--January 2001. October 1987 is an outlier, in which FVIX exhibits a 26-sigma deviation. The inclusion of this outlier results in a reduction of the regression standard error by more than a factor of two, creating the appearance of statistical significance when none is present. We explain how standard statistics can be used to assess the suitability of a dataset for OLS regression.