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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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Awesome things that hide secret powers: These funky stickers are also 3mm thick bluetooth beacons

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By Rachel Oakley in New Products on Wednesday 1 October 2014

These colourful stickers might not look like much, but this is the digital age, and with the digital age comes smart technology. They’re known as Estimote Beacons and these 3mm-thick stickers help apps see through their surroundings via motion and temperature sensors that communicate with nearby devices, all through Bluetooth. So how could they be used?

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Awesome things that hide secret powers: We are in awe of the opposum’s magic poison-neutralizing protein

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By Rachel Oakley in New Eco on Friday 26 September 2014

Known in some circles as the most terrifying possum to have ever walked the face of this earth, the opossum has a secret power that beats ‘em all. Opossums have a particular protein which makes them immune to nearly all poisons. The protein is known as Lethal Toxin-Neutralizing Factor (LTNF) and has been known to neutralize the poison of snakes on other continents that the opossum hasn’t been previously exposed to.

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The world’s most intimate martini bar is inside of a van and accommodates just 2 guests and a mixologist

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By Rachel Oakley in New Trends on Thursday 25 September 2014

As part of a vodka advertising campaign, the world’s most intimate martini bar was designed by the branding strategists of London-based Ragged Edge. So what makes it so intimate? Uh, it’s the fact that this bar takes up just a small space in the back of an updated Citroen H van and fits only two guests […]

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Help crowd fund a project that produces caricatures that aren’t very good

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By Rachel Oakley in New Art on Wednesday 24 September 2014

Luke Rooney may have a lack of talent but that won’t stop this Sydney-based wannabe artist from starting a Kickstarter project. Titled Not Very Good Caricatures [Done By Me (Of You)], Rooney hopes to entice his backers with a caricature of yourself in either black and white or colour, and delivered to your home address all for as little as $3 in support.

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Awesome things that hide secret powers: the cyanide-secreting millipede that kills its enemies in seconds

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By Rachel Oakley in New Eco on Wednesday 24 September 2014

Next time you take a whiff of that lovely almond smell in the air, beware, a cyanide millipede might be lurking. This arthropod might look like any ordinary millipede, but it hides a very secret power-it emits cyanide when it’s being attacked. This type of millipede is found in the Pacific coast of North America, from Southeast Alaska all the way down to California.

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Celebrities crying will kinda make your celebrity-hating self happy

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By Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Tuesday 23 September 2014

Celebrities cry. And they cry a lot. Movies are constantly bombarded with movie stars crying into their hands, onto shoulders, and in Nicolas Cage’s case, crying all the way to the bank with his stellar performance in Vampire’s Kiss. Samantha Taylor-Johnson has compiled photos of celebrities doing what celebrities do best: crying. From heroic crying to […]

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This Pan Am experience guarantees zero turbulence

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By Rachel Oakley in New Events on Tuesday 23 September 2014

Almost a century after Pan Am took to the air, this iconic airline is coming back… kinda. Called the Pan Am Experience, this is the chance for everyone to experience the smooth service of yesteryear aboard a replica of the airline’s Boeing 747, all from the comfort of the ground (this 747 is located in a production studio).

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Incredible photography from the annual Visa pour l’image photojournalism festival

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By Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Monday 22 September 2014

The international festival of photojournalism-Visa pour l’Image-just took place in Perpignan, France. This festival exhibited the work of 3,000 photojournalists, showing their photographs through 26 different exhibitions across the city. All images in the running for prizes were captured over the years and feature images that touch on the heartbreaking news, as well as the more celebratory stories around the world.

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Finally, a cup holder that never spills a drop of that drink

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By Rachel Oakley in Tech on Monday 22 September 2014

Maksimatic has come up with a genius design that makes sure your morning coffee or drive-thru soft drink never spill a drop along your journey. Using a 360-degree-pivoting sphere, the Maksimatic cup holder makes your drink free to move as you drive.

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Have you joined the hairy legs club yet? Membership is open!

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By Rachel Oakley in New Trends on Monday 22 September 2014

We’ve probably all seen those sensationalized headlines: ’10 Celebs Who Forgot To Shave’. And if you pay enough attention to showbiz articles, you might’ve seen a few reporters going crazy over Mo’Nique and her hairy legs at the 2010 Golden Globe Awards. Boy, people had a field day with that one. But what if hairy […]

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A funeral for the Facebook ‘like’ just took place in Amsterdam

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By Rachel Oakley in News on Saturday 20 September 2014

The Facebook ‘like’ has been dying out over the past few months as people of the Internet finally start to question its value, and over the weekend, it was finally laid to rest in Amsterdam’s oldest church, Oude Kerk.

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Rare photos of Audrey Hepburn give us a sneak peek into her charming life

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By Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Saturday 20 September 2014

While Audrey Hepburn lived most of her adult life in the public eye, this film icon of Hollywood’s Golden Age was able to keep a few secret snapshots of herself out of the media (which you can take a look at below!). Hepburn didn’t plan on becoming a famous movie star.

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Incredible colourful art created from found objects around the home

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By Rachel Oakley in New Art on Friday 19 September 2014

Classic artworks and photographs have been given a very contemporary twist in Jane Perkins’ Plastic Classics collection. Instead of using paint or pencils, Perkins uses anything she can find to recreate these masterpieces, including toys, shells, buttons, beads, jewellery, curtain hooks, and springs.

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This small device cancels out your co-worker’s annoying gossip and laughter

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By Rachel Oakley in Tech on Friday 19 September 2014

There is something worse than working a job that is unrewarding-working in a cubicle and listening to your co-workers’ cackling all day. Most of us have been there, but if the boss won’t allow us to wear headphones, we don’t have many other options than to listen to the workplace gossip from 9 – 5. Until now!

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Sensory maps that inform you where all the city’s good and bad smells are located

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By Rachel Oakley in New Trends on Thursday 18 September 2014

Sensory Maps is a company dedicated to referencing different city smells, whether good or bad. Multi-sensory artist Kate McLean has created Smellmaps, a map of odors around various cities of the world so people can tour different areas and take in the famous smells of places like Amsterdam, Glasgow and Paris.

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