From Last Word:
Attention tax nerds, we found an awesome graph via The Fix, showing how Romney’s tax returns compare to previous presidents. It’s incredible. Note, the Sunlight Foundation provided all the data; we added the OMG arrow ourselves.
Mitt Romney, as explained by a Venn Diagram. Y’know, those things at which his campaign fails.
Dear folks in the UK — Sorry Romney’s worse than Sarah Palin. But you guys can totally have Palin instead. I promise. Take ‘em both, as our gift to you. No regifting, and no takebacks.
This was constructed to illustrate the Tautochrone curve: a basic physics concept wherein an object will take the same amount of time to reach the bottom of the curve no matter where you drop it (assuming uniform gravity.) Cool, right? Now that I’ve explained it, you get it, right? It’s even easier to understand if you look at the little graph in the upper right hand corner which, obviously, tells you the relationship between (s)peed and (t)ime.
The Y axis actually measures arc length. Visualization is about communication, and since this targets those unfamiliar with physics it does a poor job by using potentially misleading labeling simply because it is agreed upon by the professional community.
Jargon seepage is dangerous.