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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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One mother documented all 63 things she found in her baby’s mouth

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By Rachel Oakley in New Art on Thursday 20 November 2014

If you’ve got children, you might know the absolute horror of fishing out foreign objects from your baby’s mouth. Mother and artist Lenka Clayton knows about this all too well and decided to document every little thing her son put into his mouth.

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Two guys made ‘real food’ using Play-Doh tools … delish!

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By Rachel Oakley in New Food and Packaging on Thursday 20 November 2014

If you got to play with tubs of Play-Doh as a child, curiosity probably got the best of you on a few occasions and you ended up tasting the play dough, right? It’s salty and a little slimy but not overly disgusting. I wouldn’t snack on it, but Play-Doh tasted better than most vegetables back when I was a kid. Well, two guys (grownup guys) decided to make an entire spread of real food using just Play-Doh and Play-Doh tools.

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Thousands of people just made thousands of kilos of kimchi for the poor in South Korea

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By Rachel Oakley in New Food and Packaging on Thursday 20 November 2014

Kimchi is a little like Vegemite-you either love it or hate it, and those that hate it just need to keep eating it until they love it. And this fermented side dish is so popular in South Korea that there is a Kimchi Making and Sharing Festival held in Seoul every year.

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Ukrainian photographer documents the fashion of a 55-year-old homeless man

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By Rachel Oakley in New Fashion on Thursday 20 November 2014

Slavik might be homeless in the Ukrainian city of Lviv, but you’ll never see this man wearing the same outfit twice. Documented by photographer Yurko Dyachyshyn, Slavik’s Fashion is a touching photo series that follows Slavik’s unique day-to-day wardrobe choices. According to Dyachyshyn, Slavik takes great pride in his ‘fashion-forward sensibilities, taking the time to change his clothes at least once a day while restyling his hair and his beard with each new outfit’.

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A flyer’s worst nightmare: the 747’s non-stop piano lounges of American Airlines

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Thursday 20 November 2014

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What could be more extravagant than the inflight entertainment we have on today’s flights? As it turns out, there is something more extravagant than today’s entertainment-the piano lounges of the 1970s. It sounds like something you’d only ever dream about, but back in the seventies, American Airlines offered passengers in economy a non-stop piano bar during flights. Ok, it wasn’t exactly a piano-it was an electric Wurlitzer organ, but I’m sure it would’ve been just as disruptive.

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The English language gets butchered in these hilarious clothes from Japan

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By Rachel Oakley in New Fashion on Thursday 20 November 2014

Redditor k-popstar recently moved to Japan as part of an English program. What she didn’t quite expect was the fashion of the country. Over the past couple of months, k-popstar has been taking photos of clothing in stores-the clothing with random English words on them. How random?

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Now you can have your cake and eat the plate too, with edible dinnerware

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By Rachel Oakley in New Food and Packaging on Thursday 20 November 2014

Dishwashers, rejoice! No longer will you have to miss out on your favourite TV shows because you’re stuck in the kitchen cleaning the dishes. There’s a new kind of dinnerware in town: the Do Eat edible verrines.

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The Dunkin’ Buddy is a magnetic hands-free cookie dunker we’ve all gotta have

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By Rachel Oakley in New Products on Thursday 20 November 2014

Cookie muncher? Milk lover? Cookies with milk fan? You’ll need a new invention-the Dunkin’ Buddy. This new product allows you to dunk those cookies without even holding them, thanks to a magnetic tray that gets placed inside of your cup or mug. Place your cookies in the tray, fill your vessel with milk and your cookies will be dunked automatically.

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Head to northern Scotland for an action-packed sleddog safari

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Thursday 20 November 2014

Presented by Busabout

Action-packed vacations don’t ordinarily come to mind when dreaming of Scotland, but one company is offering once-in-a-lifetime sleddog holidays in the northern area of the country. Starting every November, the Cairngorm Sleddog Centre in Aviemore, Scotland, offers 3-hour sleddog safaris that take adventurous travellers into Cairngorms National Park led by a team of 12 sleddogs.

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Less known historical characters who have ‘unleashed’ great creativity: Mary Phelps Jacob held the first patent for the modern bra

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Thursday 20 November 2014

Think you have Victoria and her secrets to thank for that wonderbra? Not so fast! Before Victoria’s Secret was even around and before any of us gals knew what a bra was, there was Mary Phelps Jacob, more popularly known as Caresse Crosby.

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The invisible umbrella is finally here: cue the rain!

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Thursday 20 November 2014

How many times does one need to be poked in the eye with an umbrella to reimagine its design? Probably a lot. A new Kickstarter promises to redesign the traditional umbrella by using blasts of air to shield you from the rain. That’s right-no awkward umbrella folding, no umbrellas poking out eyes, and no wet briefcase where you’d normally store your umbrella after a downpour.

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Just how big do you like your burritos? Ok, baby sized it is!

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By Rachel Oakley in New Food and Packaging on Thursday 20 November 2014

You don’t have to travel to Mexico anymore to get your hands on a gigantic burrito. Seattle restaurant Gordito’s is the place to go for your Mexican feast. In fact, order a burrito at this place and you’ll get a baby sized burrito.

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The chillest bar in Barcelona, made entirely from ice!

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Wednesday 19 November 2014

Presented by Busabout

When it comes to chilling out in Barcelona, there’s one place where you can literally stay chilled all night: Icebarcelona. This is the place for people who can’t get enough of the frigid temperatures because this bar maintains a temperature between -5 and -10 degrees celcius all year round.

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Less known historical characters who have ‘unleashed’ great creativity: Juan Gris, an influential artist of the Cubist movement

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By Rachel Oakley in New Art on Tuesday 18 November 2014

Visit any art museum and you’ll most likely find a section dedicated to cubism with famous works by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque. This art movement has been called one of the most influential visual styles of the early twentieth century. But there’s one man who hardly gets a mention in this genre: Juan Gris. You might be surprised to learn that it is Gris’ art that is among the cubist movement’s most distinctive, with one of his works, Nature morte à la nappe à carreaux, auctioning off for a whopping $57.1 million.

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Embrace the zen and meditate with these mini wood carving kits

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By Rachel Oakley in New Products on Monday 17 November 2014

People find many ways to relax these days and some are not so productive: smoking, drinking alcohol and gorging on comfort foods are just some of the not-so-great ways to find your zen. A Swedish company has come up with a better way to relax and beat stress: woodcarving kits.

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