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In what I would call an original and unexpected twist, the NYTimes Graphic department recently released a series of auditory graphs highlighting one of the unique characteristics of the Winter Olympics results, titled " Fractions of a Second: An Olympic Musical" [nytimes.com].

In short, the innovative infographic attempts to communicate the relative competitiveness and closeness of each race in a more effective way by using sound instead of graphics. Here, the time spans of other athletes who finished after the winner are represented by playing music notes in an identical rhythm.

For instance, Annette Gerritsen of the Netherlands, in the women's 1,000-meter speedskating race, lost by only 0.02 of a second, "about the time it takes a hummingbird to flap its wings."

Via @datamarket.