Sometimes crazy charts work really well

One way to grab readers’ attention and drive your message home is to have the “wow” factor in your story. Visual is a good way to create such dramatic effect.

Just before the 2015 Thanksgiving weekend, I knew that it was a good timing to do story about caring for refugees, but the challenge is how to make the story stand out from all the festive stories and information while making a point about the refugee crisis in the Middle East and Europe.

I came out with two ridiculous charts. One compares the cost of settling refugees in the US and how much the Americans spend for Thanksgiving. The result is way beyond any expectation.

The second chart compares the death toll of the Paris terrorist attack in November 2015 and that of the Syrian civil war. The result is less dramatic but still shocking.

Check them out yourself.