Did you know that “buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo” is a legitimate sentence in the English language? Would you like to read an explanation of how this could be true? Since the explanation would include multiple references to subordinate clauses, punctuation and arcane usages of the English language, the answer is no, you probably would just as soon NOT read such an explanation.
However, the infographic (below) illustrating this concept is almost irresistible. The infographic goes step-by-step through the process of arriving at this strange sentence and by the end you thoroughly understand its meaning.
OK, it’s a bit of a stretch, even when all has been revealed, and it’s unlikely you’ll be using the sentence any time soon in general conversation. But it’s a good example of how a well-designed infographic can: a) draw us in and engage our interest in something we might have otherwise dismissed; b) succeed in making a confusing concept clear; and c) convince us of something we would never have previously thought could be true.
Have you been unexpectedly convinced of something by a graphical presentation of data?