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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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Scotland’s whiskey river is a thing … kinda

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Wednesday 23 April 2014

Whiskey lovers, head on over to Scotland and be on the lookout! A whiskey bottling plant accidentally spilled 1,700 gallons of the spirit into the Scottish River Ayr. It happened when a tanker filled with more than 7,000 gallons of whiskey started pumping the liquid into a vat that was already full. The spill was […]

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Street Stories tells the tales of homeless youth in East London

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By Rachel Oakley in New Art on Tuesday 22 April 2014

These murals look beautiful but the meaning behind them and even the words displayed with each one, are anything but. Each of these murals tells a sad tale of what homeless youth have gone through in London, from family members passing away to self harm and abuse. This collection of murals is part of Street […]

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Kurt Vonnegut’s colourful doodles and illustrations

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By Rachel Oakley in New Art on Tuesday 22 April 2014

Who knew Kurt Vonnegut was a visual artist! The author of Slaughterhouse Five and Cat’s Cradle shows us just how talented he was in the book, Kurt Vonnegut Drawings. The book features ‘over 120 collected illustrations from the pen of Vonnegut himself, showcasing his swirling self-portraits and abstract “doodled,” all of which are infused with […]

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Delish! Meat stuffed into plastic containers and bottles

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By Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Tuesday 22 April 2014

‘Mæt’ will either make you hungry or turn vegan. This photo series by Danish photographer Per Johansen explores ‘animal rights, over-consumption, and ethics in the meat industry’. Johansen used plastic bottles and containers as metaphors for the human stomach then stuffed each one with animal products such as chicken, eel, sausage, liver, and fish. ‘At […]

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BMW designs the new subway cars of Kuala Lumpur

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Tuesday 22 April 2014

BMW’s ‘the ultimate driving machine‘ slogan has been put to the test in new subway cars for Kuala Lumpur. Klang Valley, part of Kuala Lumpur’s capital, is building a three-line metro system that hopes to double its transit ridership within the next few years. The cars feature a blue LED lighting scheme, including under the […]

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Eat up your social media symbols, kids!

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By Rachel Oakley in New Food and Packaging on Tuesday 22 April 2014

Remember when your parents tried to make you eat vegetables back in the day? They struggled a lot. Since then, companies have been coming up with new and innovative ways to get kids to eat their veggies, but it looks like Birdseye has gone just a step further. I’m not sure if these are being […]

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Here’s what really goes on at a bachelorette party

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By Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Tuesday 22 April 2014

Photographer Dina Litovsky attended more than 40 bachelorette parties over 3 years to capture ‘both their sexier and more intimate moments’ and ‘to learn about the tradition’. Litovsky says of her project: ‘I find that the wildness exhibited at the bachelorette party is a kind of reaction to the chauvinistic attitudes of the culture. For […]

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Before and after the visual effects in blockbuster films

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By Rachel Oakley in New Film on Monday 21 April 2014

Just how much of a movie is made up of special effects? Movies such as Gravity, The Great Gatsby and of course Iron Man 3 all rely on special effects to make their films come to life. But what do these film sets look like without the added effects? Take a look at these images […]

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Bone Dusters Paleo Ale, a brew made from a 35-million-year-old whale fossil

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By Rachel Oakley in New Food and Packaging on Monday 21 April 2014

This will separate the occasional beer drinkers from the beer enthusiasts! Bone Dusters Paleo Ale is a beer – wait for it! – that’s brewed from a 35-million-year-old whale fossil. It comes from the co-founder of Paleo Quest, Jason Osborne, who ‘hit upon the idea of a craft beer to get people interested in science’. […]

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Ladies, here are the bathrooms and kitchens of America’s bachelors

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By Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Monday 21 April 2014

Single and ready to mingle? Stay away from the men who live in these apartments! Vice contributor Michael Rababy took these shots while in his mid-20s after ‘visiting a friend’s apartment and bearing witness to the state of affairs in his bathroom’. While shooting each picture, Rababy says his mantra was ‘naked, unguarded honesty’. And […]

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A new tailored suit just for biking to work

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By Rachel Oakley in New Fashion on Monday 21 April 2014

One of the most dangerous things about biking to work isn’t the traffic. It’s when your trousers get caught in your pedals and you tumble over. We’ve all been there. We’ve also experienced the sweaty armpits and restricting fabric of our outfits while cycling. So that’s why Parker Dusseau came up with the men’s commuter […]

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Get to know your British accents in a minute and a half

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By Rachel Oakley in Video on Monday 21 April 2014

Want to speak the Queen’s language? Know your London cockney from your Somerset drawl? Dialect coach Andrew Jack gives us the lowdown on accents of the British Isles and with astounding accuracy. Take a look as Jack’s voice changes ever so slightly with the movement around England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Ireland, and Scotland. Being a […]

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Erotic and quirky illustrations by Marion Fayolle

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By Rachel Oakley in New Illustration on Monday 21 April 2014

We’ve shown you Marion Fayolle’s illustrations before, but nothing like this! Light hearted and erotic, Fayolle’s somewhat absurd drawings explore humor, longing, lust, loss, and separation that ‘connects them, allowing for a cohesion of and engagement with particular themes’. It’s like PG-rated porn!

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Depressed Chinese panda gets an LCD TV in his enclosure

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By Rachel Oakley in New Trends on Saturday 19 April 2014

Know what you do when you have a depressed panda on your hands? You turn on the tele! After panda Meixi was sent back to Sichuan Province from the Yunnan Wildlife Park in Kunming City, officials noticed her companion panda Sijia was showing signs of ‘abnormal behaviour and depression’. So in a bid to cheer […]

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The absurd photography of Martin Kollar

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By Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Saturday 19 April 2014

Czech photographer Martin Kollar has a unique perspective in life, which translates into his photography. His work depicts ‘people lost in thought during in-between moments, as they wait for something to happen while interesting things are happening all around them’. Such as a car crash or a sudden flood. As well as photographing these somewhat […]

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