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Rachel Oakley

Rachel Oakley is an Aussie writer based in NYC with an obsession for the creepy, cool and quirky side of life. Some of her main passions include philosophy, art, travel, and sarcasm.

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The portable dog potty that folds out like a suitcase

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Saturday 1 November 2014

If you live in an apartment with dogs, you don’t have the luxury of opening the door for them to do their business on the back lawn. And if you live in a city where it either snows in the winter or fries in the summer, you’ll know how frustrating it can be to take your dog outside every few hours. That’s why there’s a new design on the market that makes toilet trips a breeze.

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Forget the calendar, here’s a designer candle that counts down to Christmas Eve

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Friday 31 October 2014

Counting down to Christmas is one of the most exciting times in a kid’s year (…and an adult’s). But instead of going with the traditional advent calendar this year, why not countdown in a more unique way… with a candle! Designed by Anne Lehmann, the Christmas Candle is a more grown-up version of the calendar […]

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St. Helens: Tasmania’s under-the-radar sandy paradise

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Friday 31 October 2014

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When you dream of an exotic Australian getaway, you might think of the Goldcoast first. Maybe even a trip to Sydney for the white sandy beaches of Bondi or Manly. But hidden south, way down south, in Tasmania, you’ll also find the white sandy beaches you crave, in the hidden gem of St. Helens.

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Here’s a chandelier that not only lights up, but freezes over time

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Friday 31 October 2014

You’ve seen the Disney movie, but now it’s time to experience frozen in real life. Created by Arturo Erbsman, the Polar Light is designed to be hung from a tree branch in the winter.

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Chinese artist uses his tongue to paint ‘masterpieces’

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By Rachel Oakley in New Art on Friday 31 October 2014

Chinese artist Han Ziaoming has found a very unique way of creating his fine art. Instead of a brush, this creative guy uses his tongue to paint! But fear not-he doesn’t use acrylic or oil paints on his canvases, but rather sweetened food dye.

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Now you can curl up in a sheepskin bean bag… for $1,200

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By Rachel Oakley in New Products on Thursday 30 October 2014

Remember when bean bags were all the rage? And remember how they only cost around $20? Those were the days! In the 21st century, the bean bag has had quite the makeover and is being marketed towards the more luxury buyers, all thanks to a little bit of sheepskin. The Parker Wool Bean Bag is a contemporary take on the traditional bean bag, constructed of natural sheepskin from tanneries in New Zealand, Australia, and Northern European countries.

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Adorable images of pups in mid-shake

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By Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Thursday 30 October 2014

We all know how cute puppies are, but they get even cuter when they’re caught mid-shake! These pictures are from photographer Carli Davidson for her Shake Puppies series of 61 pups. From an adorably wrinkly shar pei to a blue-eyed pit bull, this collection of photos is part of Davidson’s new book, which, as it […]

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Keep calm at the doctors with the resident stress reliever: a ginger tabby cat!

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Thursday 30 October 2014

Visiting the doctor can be a really terrifying experience if you think about all those needles, all those tools poking and prodding you, and of course, all those diagnoses. But one clinic in China has kept their patients’ worries at bay by employing the help of a four-legged friend.

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Cool things that multi-task better than you and I: this dining table that doubles as a pool table

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Thursday 30 October 2014

It might look like any other dining table at first glance, but this is actually a multitasking table designed by Fusion Tables. On the surface, this table has been crafted to modern perfection with a sleek wooden finish that comfortably seats 10 people for any dinner party.

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Beautiful portraits of albinos by Gustavo Lacerda

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By Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Thursday 30 October 2014

Brazilian photographer Gustavo Lacerda wanted to give albino people the chance to feel their importance, so over three years, he found people to photograph for his series, Albinos.

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Cool things that multi-task better than you and I: an electric road in South Korea

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Tuesday 28 October 2014

Here’s a serious road with some serious design. Located in South Korea, there’s a 15-mile stretch of road that runs between Gumi city station and In-Dong district that not only provides a paved way for traffic to get from A to B, but powers electric vehicles at the same time.

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This Finnish photographer can take a better selfie than you

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By Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Monday 27 October 2014

If you’re going to take a series of selfies, you better make sure they’re interesting. Nobody wants to sit at the computer looking at a selfie unless it’s controversial, funny, or, let’s face it, of themselves. So with that in mind, let’s all shift our gaze to a few selfies of Iiu Susiraja, a Finnish self-portrait photographer who knows a thing or two about capturing-and keeping-our attention.

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Tea and kittens will remove the daily stress from office environments

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Websites on Monday 27 October 2014

Since the office can be a stressful place, you should always have a website you visit to relax and take five. Some might choose Reddit, others might choose Digg, and let’s face it, the more intelligent office workers will select Lost at E Minor to browse while neglecting work. But if you’re looking for a fluffier website, a place where you’ll feel on cloud nine and like your stress is just washing away, may I suggest you visit Tea and Kittens.

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Hilarious examples of TLDR Wikipedia entries

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Websites on Monday 27 October 2014

If you’ve ever browsed Reddit, you might’ve seen ‘TL;DR‘ written once or twice. It stands for ‘too long; didn’t read’ and applies to any wall of text that goes just a bit over the word limit where you can’t be bothered reading paragraph after paragraph.

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Prickly and perilous popsicles are this summer’s sweet treat!

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By Rachel Oakley in New Food and Packaging on Monday 27 October 2014

There’s a new kind of icy pole on the block and it’s about as cool as it gets. These are called Dangerous Popsicles and while the popsicles aren’t toxic, what they’re molded after are.

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