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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 beautiful and inspiring sreet art murals of Anat Ronen

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By Rachel Oakley in New Art on Friday 25 July 2014

It’s hard to believe, but Houston-based creative Anat Ronen is a self-taught artist and up until five years ago, was working in admin fields. It took a leap of faith for her to quit her day job and enter into the art field full-time. And I personally think she made the right decision! Ronen now […]

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This London Cinema offers double bed seating in the front row

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By Rachel Oakley in New Film on Thursday 24 July 2014

Everybody knows the best way to watch a film is under the covers, in bed. And London’s Electric Cinema has gone with this idea and planted six upholstered double beds in their cinema’s front row! It was all part of a $9million refurbishment of the 102-year-old cinema, with leather seats, footstools and two-seater sofas also […]

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Cardboard Stories Tell A Different Side To People’s Homelessness

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By Rachel Oakley in New Trends on Wednesday 23 July 2014

A new campaign is aiming to breakdown the stereotypes associated with homelessness to show that it can happen to anyone. Simply titled Cardboard Stories, this video illustrates the past lives of people living on the streets, showing us that even though you may have it all, losing it all is just as easy.

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Spray Cake Is The Dessert Of The Future … And The Future Is Now!

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By Rachel Oakley in New Food and Packaging on Wednesday 23 July 2014

First there was aerosol cream. Then aerosol cheese. And now there’s spray cake. This new dessert ‘invention’ is brought to you by Harvard students John McCallum and Brooke Nowakowski who learned about the chemistry of what makes cakes rise, and used that knowledge to create an aerosol can that releases bubble into the mix as it […]

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This Bra Generates A Shock Of 3,800 Kilovolts To Any Would-Be Attacker

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By Rachel Oakley in New Fashion on Tuesday 22 July 2014

In certain parts of the world, sexual assault is such a cause for concern that it’s motivated all kinds of new technology for women. Everything from anti-rape condoms to anti-molestation jackets have been created to try to stop the vicious assault against women. One woman who is fed up with women living in fear is Manisha Mohan, a 22-year-old engineering student who went above and beyond to give women a way to defend themselves.

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Ant Colonies Start Picketing In The Dirt Of Southern California

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By Rachel Oakley in New Art on Tuesday 22 July 2014

El Daino has given us a look inside ant colonies like never before—where each insect works as part of a team to…get a message across that the end is near, free hugs are up for grabs, and that we should all ‘join together’! This hilarious project is called We Come In Peace and uses everyday ants that live in the dirt outside the artist’s home in Riverside, California, with El Daino encouraging them to start a mini revolution.

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The TSA’s Instagram Account Documents All The Juicy Items Confiscated At Security

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Websites on Monday 21 July 2014

America’s TSA never fails to entertain us with their bizarre practices. And they’re entertaining us all over again with their Instagram account (yeah, they actually have one). Being the social media guru for the TSA must be a fun and yet weird position. Fun because you get to immerse yourself in social media all day, but weird with the stuff you have to post.

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Photos of animals eating animals is both disgusting and incredible

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By Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Monday 21 July 2014

This photo series isn’t one for the squeamish. Or the vegetarians. Photographer Catherine Chalmers has created a collection of images of animals, well, eating other animals in Food Chain. Taking a predator and placing it by its prey, Chalmers was able to watch nature take its course as praying mantises ate caterpillars, toads ate mice and caterpillars, and snakes ate mice.

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The Mesmerizing Junk Ship Harbour Of Moreton Island

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Sunday 20 July 2014

‘Cool’ doesn’t even begin to describe how incredible the Tangalooma Wrecks are. It’s located off Moreton Island in Queensland, Australia, and is made up of 15 ships that were deliberately sunk near the coast to form a breakwall for small boats, as well as a wreck dive for snorkeling.

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Exposed: George C. Parker, the most unlikeliest con artists in history

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By Rachel Oakley in New Events on Friday 27 June 2014

There’s a saying in America that goes: ‘If you can believe that, then I’ve got a bridge you might like to buy’. The phrase is based on one of the most cunning con artists of the 20th century: George C. Parker. This New Yorker was ballsy. He didn’t just con people out of a few […]

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Only in Athens: Stavros Mellissinos, sandal maker and world-renowned poet

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Wednesday 25 June 2014

Go to Athens for the incredible history and architecture. For the food. For the people. But go to also meet a world-renowned poet, who just happens to be a sandal maker, too. The Poet Sandal Maker of Athens, as Stavros Melissinos is called, has worked on crafting sandals all his life and today he and […]

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Contemporary art mixes with incredible sound in Mille Plateaux

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By Rachel Oakley in New Music on Tuesday 10 June 2014

When you combine cover art from controversial painter Steven Johnson Leyba and the sounds of Georgio “The Dove Valentino”, you’re bound to have an album that’s a cut above the rest. Valentino operates in the space between several forms (song-and-dance, performance art, belles lettres and institutional critique) and several genres (torch song, soundtrack, Kraut-rock, country-and-western, surf, lo-fi and high-concept […]

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The automatic tie tying machine is here

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By Rachel Oakley in Video on Saturday 7 June 2014

It’s amazing what people lend their talents to. If you’re into robotics your first major project has got to be inventing a machine that ties a tie, right? Well, no judgement here. There’s a lot of businessmen out there who need their ties tied. And some won’t even bother to learn. It always helps to have gone to a private school to know these things, but if you’re not one of the “lucky” (I use the term very loosely) ones to have attended a private school with a strict tie policy, have no fear.

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Controversial American culture art by Eric Yahnker

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By Rachel Oakley in New Art on Saturday 7 June 2014

LA-based artist Eric Yahnker loves to poke fun at contemporary American culture. In his solo exhibition, Sticks & Drones, Yahnker ‘strives to navigate the muddy, frequently strained gulf between the reception of recent US affairs at home and abroad’. What does that mean?

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People’s attachments captured in photos by Cerise Doucède

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By Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Friday 6 June 2014

We’re all attached to something in our lives. Whether it be an item of clothing or a family heirloom, or even sporting equipment. French photographer Cerise Doucède has uncovered just what a handful of people are attached to in life via her photography series Les Attaches. You’ll see that everyone is photographed tied to their attachments, though the rope tying them to their obsessions are also restricting them at the same time.

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