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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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1 million residents of Beijing are living underground as part of the ‘Rat Tribe’

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Friday 30 January 2015

Beijing might be known for its high rise buildings and millions of residents but below this enormous city you’ll find an underground world that’s home to around 1 million residents. Located in basements and former air-raid bunkers, these windowless rooms are home to people who can’t find ordinary accommodations above ground, or who are trying to save money in the big city.

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Quirky thumb drives that look like severed thumbs

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By Rachel Oakley in Tech on Friday 30 January 2015

Rather than relying on digital manipulation, conceptual photographer Justin Poulsen uses physical props for his images. And for his latest project, he’s taken the concept of thumb drives to the next level-he’s taken it literally.

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Fun products that are unexpectedly versatile: The Black + Blum Hot-Pot BBQ… a herb grower that also functions as a barbecue

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design, New Food and Packaging on Friday 30 January 2015

If you’ve always wanted a herb garden that did more than just sprout rosemary and sage, you’re going to love the Black + Blum Hot-Pot BBQ. This award-winning people-pleaser might look like a herb garden at first glance, but there’s a secret this herb garden is hiding. Underneath the pot’s top you’ll find a fully functioning BBQ griller.

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French court rules Nutella is not a girl’s name

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By Rachel Oakley in News on Friday 30 January 2015

If you live in France and planning to name your baby girl Nutella, you’re out of luck. A French court recently barred a couple from naming them after the hazelnut chocolate spread, saying that ‘the first name Nutella, given to the child, is that of the commercial brand of a spread’.

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Finally, a 1-metre brochure where all photos are life-sized

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By Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Friday 30 January 2015

It’s frustrating trying to shop for a bicycle from a company that is primarily online. And this is the dilemma racing bike brand Jaegher faced with their customers. They found that buyers still wanted the chance to purchase bicycles the old fashioned way, through sight and smell.

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These photos prove Pastafarians are just like the rest of us… just with colanders on their heads

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By Rachel Oakley in New Trends on Thursday 29 January 2015

Just recently Vice’s Jen Osborne had a most enjoyable weekend learning about the ‘fairly humble religion’ of the Church of the FSM. This is the religion that believes a Flying Spaghetti Monster (FSM) created the universe after being ‘touched by his noodley appendage’.

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Cities of the world are based on their typical meals in this ongoing art series

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By Rachel Oakley in New Food and Packaging on Thursday 29 January 2015

Picture your country’s capital city for a minute-what food comes to mind when you think of that place? Perhaps a bagel? Maybe a croissant? A meat pie? Running with this fun idea, illustrator Bea Crespo and photographer Andrea G. Portoles teamed up to produce an ongoing photographic project known as BrunchCity.

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Photos from one of the world’s most expensive photographers (and yes, they’re worth every penny)

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By Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Thursday 29 January 2015

For us amateur photographers, Andreas Gursky is our hero. This prolific German photographer has made a name for himself in the photographic world, featuring his work everywhere from The Museum of Modern Art in New York to the National Museum of Art in Osaka, Japan.

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Do the things we do online make sense in real life? Prank video shows just how silly social media can be!

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By Rachel Oakley in Video on Wednesday 28 January 2015

Last year we showed you Jena Kingsley’s hilarious Are You On The List? video where she punked unsuspecting coffee lovers at a Starbucks. Now the comedian is back with an even better video you’ve gotta watch.

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What the dickens? Swedish kids watch dancing private parts on TV show

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By Rachel Oakley in Video on Wednesday 28 January 2015

Kids’ TV is pretty bland these days. Your kid can either watch a show about big purple dinosaurs or a mindless cartoon. In Sweden, childrens’ television is a little different. Ok, a lot different. During scheduled programming on Barnkanalen (a channel dedicated to kids’ programing), two very different characters emerged in a short one-minute clip. Those […]

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Who’s lying on their resume? This infographic reveals all

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By Rachel Oakley in New Trends on Wednesday 28 January 2015

Lied on your resume? Join the club. According to Visualistan, 57 percent of people embellish a skill set on their resume, while 55 percent embellish responsibilities, and 42 percent lie about the dates of their employment.

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New York City’s blizzard is proving to be the perfect time to meet strangers online

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By Rachel Oakley in Tech on Wednesday 28 January 2015

When it was announced that an historic snow storm was due to hit New York City this past week, New Yorkers did what any other population would do-they went straight to Craigslist to find a mate. At the time of writing, New York’s Craigslist has hundreds of posts online from men and women, all looking for that special someone to bunker down with while the blizzard passes through.

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Fun products that are unexpectedly versatile: Lightman: a night light, reading light, bike light, flash light all in one

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Tuesday 27 January 2015

Since the smartphone was created, few people have had to carry around a flashlight for emergencies. Now, even when plumbers and electricians are called in for a job, they’re using their smartphones. But what if there was a gadget that replaced the traditional torch and worked better than your smartphone’s flashlight? Well, I’ve found it.

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Someone dressed a dog up as a lion and terrified innocent people in this hilarious prank

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By Rachel Oakley in Video on Tuesday 27 January 2015

With up to 700 people attacked by lions every year, it’s safe to say it’s a tad frightening to see one racing towards you in a public place like the park or a shopping mall. Which is what truly makes this video prank all the more funny.

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Cookie Monster covers Mazzy Star’s ‘Fade into you’ and makes us all feel a little uncomfortable

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By Rachel Oakley in New Music on Saturday 24 January 2015

With his shaggy blue coat and his undying love of cookies, it’s hard not to love Sesame Street’s Cookie Monster. But when he decides to make his own music video for a popular mid-90s song, things get a little weird. Take a look at the video and watch as our beloved cookie-obsessed critter gets stuck into Mazzy Star’s song, Fade Into You.

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