Graphs that lie

"Here\'s one thing that\'s making me angry at the moment. In fact there are several things making me angry at the moment: McCain\'s supporters; the greed that lead us into these financial end-times… and by comparison this particular matter is trivial. But at least it\'s easier to solve than the others.

This particular annoyance is the graphs of share prices in the press and on TV. It is standard practice to start the y-axis at a number much higher than zero, in order to magnify the ups and downs of the market. Here\'s one from today\'s Guardian, showing the FTSE 100 over the course of Friday..."