Professor Biff’s — Fun With Graphs

Caution:  Graphic content.

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Graphs are fun.  Especially when you stumble across a website that make creating them very easy.

Today we will graph out a brief section of the popular Gordon Lightfoot song, The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.

If you’re not familiar with this song, I welcome you to our planet, for obviously you are a recent arrival here.  I think you’ll find us earthlings friendly and welcoming, if not a little strange.   This blog post is a testament to that.

Here is a video of the song for those of you not familiar with it.  This video will help you with the complex math that follows.


Okay, let’s get started, shall we?  You’re familiar with the old expression:

The family that graphs together, laughs together.

Okay, it may not be that old an expression.  In fact, I may have just made that up.  So if you ever use that, please make sure to give me proper attribution.  And I would not say no to a Whataburger hot apple pie.

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Okay, let’s roll up our sleeves and start graphing.




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And there you have it.  I don’t think these need any additional explanation, so I won’t provide one.  That is the beauty of graphs.  Lots of information with no words required.  Although, I may be negating the word-economy of graphs with all this jabbering I’m doing.

Tune in to our next episode of Professor Biff’s “Fun With Graphs” where we will attempt to graph the hit Chicago song, “25 or 6 to 4”.




    • It’s never too late to start using graph paper!

      In fact, I think I wrote a post one time about my graph paper addiction. I’m sure if you did a search for “graph paper” at the top of my blog, it’ll pop up somewhere.

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    • Thanks, James! I love all kinds of graphs. Unfortunately, the site I stumbled upon only did pie charts and, in playing around with it while listening to Gordon Lightfoot, this is what I came up with. 🙂

      Perhaps I’ll break out Excel and do some more complex graphs in future blogs.

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

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  1. That song is actually a true story. The “Fitz” was the largest ship in the Great Lakes, it sank mysteriously. Gordon Lightfoot is a famous Canadian folk singer, it’s a popular song up here in the great white north. (I am actually boring myself now. …sorry for rambling).

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    • I’ve read several articles on what it meant, but I’m not sure I believe either of them. Even the guy who wrote it said that he just woke up late one morning and looked at the clock and it was 6 to 4. But I’m not sure I believe that. The other theory is that it had something to do with drugs. Didn’t pretty much every song in the late 60s and early 70s have to do with drugs? ha ha!


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