The life-expectancy chart (top right) gives the false impression that men live half as long as women. The problem is easily fixed using the start-at-zero rule, as shown in the bottom chart.
Demographers use a side-by-side bar chart (known as a population pyramid) to plot such data. A variation is shown. This construct facilitates inter-country comparisons but is less than effective here because the ages are bunched together.
Of interest in this data is whether the female/male life expectancy gap is constant across countries. The last graph in this series shows which countries are above or below the group average; in each country, women live on average at least ~6% longer.
Reference: BBC News website (thanks to Tom for the tip-off)
Here is a great use of a line chart. The clear message is that Toyota (and to a lesser extent, Japanese auto-makers) are relying less on price-cutting to attract customers than the Americans. Particular praise should be given to the judicious and spare choice of axis markers.
Reference: "Toyota Shows the Big 3 ...", New York Times, Jan 13 2006.