From the dual categories of “Someone Had To Figure This Out” and “Applied Mathematics At Work,” FiveThirtyEight.com has used a little algebra to answer one of our generation’s most vexing questions:

What’s the proper rate of descent during the “a little bit softer now” portion of the song “Shout?”

Here’s the link to the article: http://fivethirtyeight.com/datalab/shout-isley-brothers/

And, in case you haven’t been to a wedding reception recently, here’s the song: