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Stefan Chow’s ongoing series Big Cities Small Things provides a fascinating glimpse at the ordinary places that made the local news after a fire, a freak accident, or a brazen caper. 

Chow discovered that the kind of news people like to read varies from place to place. In US cities like Los Angeles and New York, stories tend to be violent and sprinkled with gruesome details. Japan has taste for bizarre stories, like the discovery in a Tokyo train station of a suitcase containing a woman’s body. 

Check out more of Chow’s sweeping scenes.

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Photos Courtesy of Stefen Chow

How much food could you buy per day if you were living at the poverty line? In the U.S., that might equal one live lobster, two whole pomegranates or 39 Oreos. In Thailand, three fried fish. And in Brazil, you could have just part of watermelon.

Photographer Stefen Chow and economist Lin Hui-Yi ask us to confront these food choices in their ongoing project The Poverty Line. They visually represent hypothetical food options for someone in poverty with the concept of “One Frame. One Day. One Person.”

Lobster Or Pomegranate? Food Choices On The Poverty Line

And JoMo’s trying to convince us that TO is aiming to attract a more mature audience than TVD? Yeah, I’ll just laugh at the sheer idiocy of it all. Considering TO is a spinoff of TVD. I’m pretty sure Caroline Forbes is more mature, fiercely loyal, strong, determined, passionate, calculating yet realistic than both Cami and Hayley. I mean, seriously. Think about it. Season 1 of TVD compared to Season 1 of TO. The vampires of TVD were meaner, nastier, more brutal and unforgiving, and there was nothing to hold back the wrath of Damon Salvatore or Katherine Pierce. But every episode of TO someone’s trying to put down the big bad original hybrid Klaus and succeeding seemingly effortlessly? Stefan had a much better chance of reigning Damon in, even though Stefan was chowing down on bunnies, than Elijah has on Klaus. Actually Elijah’s been on Team traitor Rebekah for a while now. At least the Salvatore brothers stick together. Even human Caroline was bitchy and badass. That girl was fierce and unforgiving. Cami doesn’t even come close. Oh because Cami has a psych degree and Klaus is in desperate need to therapy, supposed to mean that they fit? No way in hell. TO is a bad imitation of TVD, with immortals instead. The stakes are higher, I get that. But on TVD the originals had power. They were feared. They were legendary. On TO, everybody is somebody and the originals just don’t seem as great as they should. I mean, I’ve been watching TVD since its inception and I’m 21. So that’s the audience? Teens and 20 year olds. Maybe even 30 year olds. Widen the demographic further than that? How? This isn’t True Blood or Game of Thrones. It’s on the CW. JoMo just needs to stop. Seriously.