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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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Spectacular fan art of the world’s dictators

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By Rachel Oakley in New Art on Saturday 19 April 2014

Why place an oil painting on the wall when you can get your hands on fan art? Alessandria Masi compiled these somewhat awful, somewhat incredible dictator artworks, which can be bought for as little as $115. How about a portrait of Bashar al-Assad on the hallway wall? Or ‘Al Putino’ in the den? My personal […]

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Forget about scenic snaps! Here are the top terrible holiday photos

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By Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Friday 18 April 2014

We’re always interested in seeing gorgeous photos of the world’s famous landmarks and reminiscing about holidays with fun snaps of family and friends, but what about all those terrible photos no one ever posts on social media? One website (CheapHolidayLand) launched a competition last month to find some of the UK’s most terrible travel pics. […]

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This Indian PSA tells people to take their ‘poo to the loo’

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By Rachel Oakley in Video on Friday 18 April 2014

Unicef has released a clever PSA to put a stop to the public defecating on the streets. According to the campaign, 620 million Indians are pooping out in the open every day, which adds up to 65 million kilos of poo! Unicef says, ‘So, if you give a shit about this issue, then don’t scrunch […]

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Peter Jostrand likes flat butts (and he cannot lie)

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By Rachel Oakley in New Art on Friday 18 April 2014

Isn’t graphic design awesome? Peter Jostrand makes it a little more awesome (and let’s face it, weird) with his series of Flat Butts. He’s designed a 2D animal butt each day on his blog, but he’s been ‘building up his butt arsenal for a while’, with 50 butts already on the queue and ready to […]

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The graphic gay bondage postage stamps of Finland

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By Rachel Oakley in New Products on Friday 18 April 2014

Is your country’s postal system as forward-thinking as Finland’s? Starting in September, the country will begin selling stamps that feature the ‘confident and proud homoeroticism’ of Tom of Finland, an artist whose homoerotic drawings ‘have attained iconic status in their genre and had an influence on, for instance, pop culture and fashion’. And though Finland […]

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These are some of the oldest organisms on Earth, in photographs

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By Rachel Oakley in New Eco on Friday 18 April 2014

Next time you complain about aging, have a thought for these incredible organisms! Since 2004, Brooklyn-based artist Rachel Sussman has researched, collaborated with biologists and ‘braved some of the world’s harshest climates from Antarctica to the Mojave Desert in order to photograph the oldest continuously living organisms on Earth’. So what does this collection include? […]

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Brrr! Young kids of Denmark’s Polar Bear Ice Swimmer Club

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By Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Friday 18 April 2014

Just looking at these pictures will make you shiver! Photographer Daniel Hjorth, a student at the Danish School of Journalism was interning at the Danish newspaper Politiken when he was ‘assigned the task of illustrating a particularly cold and clingy winter’. He came across members of Copenhagen’s Amager Strand Sejlinstitution’s Polar Bear Ice Swimmer Club, […]

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The unsung cleaners of Melbourne’s tourist hotspots

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By Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Thursday 17 April 2014

Ever wondered what happens when the museums and theatres close for the evening? They get tended to by some of the hardest working people out there. Aussie photographer Greg Brigg’s series Melbourne Cleaners captures iconic settings such as Queen’s Hall in Parliament House and Melbourne Museum, to see just what happens when the tourists go […]

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Too scared to get a tattoo? Try these cookie cutters instead

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By Rachel Oakley in New Food and Packaging on Thursday 17 April 2014

Love the idea of a tattoo but not sure you want to dedicate a piece of your body to one design? Try these cool cookie cutters! They’re called Tough Cookies cookie cutters and they come in a variety of iconic tattoo designs, including a rose, anchor, swallow, and a heart and dagger. These beauties are […]

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The eerie photographs of a retirement village in Arizona

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By Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Thursday 17 April 2014

Sure, you can call Sun City a tranquil and pristine place – after all, it looks just like a movie set. But look a little more closely and you’ll see these photographs from Garry Owens are just a little too perfect. He happened upon this community while shooting for Victory Motorcycles in Arizona and went […]

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Remarkable photos show Indonesian volcanoes spewing blue flames

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By Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Thursday 17 April 2014

These amazing images by Olivier Grunewald show the bright blue glow of several volcanoes located within the 20km wide Ijen Caldera in East Java, Indonesia. At night, the hot gases of the volcanoes ‘burn to emit an eerie blue glow that is unique to Kawah Ijen. The gases emerge from the cracks in the volcano […]

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Rock it: rocking furniture pieces commissioned by Claudia Pignatale

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Thursday 17 April 2014

If you’re going to commission something, you better make sure it’s something really cool. And Claudia Pignatale, founder and artistic director of Secondome Gallery did just this. These awesome and highly sophisticated see-saws were designed by Francesca Lanzavecchia and Hunn Wai, with the intent to see that children’s play can be ‘transformed into refined objects for adults with meaning and intent’.

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The oldest scrap of Earth crust is a glimmering crystal (from an Aussie sheep station)

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By Rachel Oakley in New Eco on Thursday 17 April 2014

This incredible crystal has been confirmed as the oldest fragment of Earth’s crust. Aged at 4.4 billion years, this zircon was found in sandstone in the Jack Hills region of Western Australia. Scientists studied its uranium and lead atoms, and a decaying process over time allows scientists to arrive at the 4.4 billion number. But […]

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Photographer takes pics of nothing but locals flipping the bird

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By Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Wednesday 16 April 2014

After French photographer Jolipunk was refused a picture while on his travels, it made him ‘think about his role as a photographer in today’s world, and he realized that many of his peers tend to exoticize and objectify people in the countries they travel to’. So what did he do? He started taking photos of locals all flipping the bird. Jolipunk has traveled through Jordan, Cuba, Peru, Turkey, and Bali, taking these pictures.

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Poignant photos of the last of Mumbai’s iconic Irani cafes

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Wednesday 16 April 2014

Mumbai is famous for many things, and one of those things is its street-corner ‘Irani cafes‘ which ‘sprouted up in the late 18th and early 19th centuries due to an influx of Persian immigrants’. They sell ‘sugary milk tea and bun-muska (freshly baked bread lathered with butter)’, where actors, workers and out-of-work youth spent loads […]

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