As you can see from the data, things are going orthogonal. See the place where X is bent sideways and growing a shaggy line graph? Well, that's the least of your worries. We've got more information you need to see.
These odd data visualizations were created by Chad Hagen, a graphic designer who grew up on the great plains and lives in Minneapolis. I love the way he reduces everything to abstractions that almost make sense and then crumble into absurdity. Several of these images are from a series he did called Nonsensical Infographics.
See more of the understated insanity via Chad Hagen's website