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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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How about an iced cold beer to go with that shower?

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Saturday 20 December 2014

Some people swear by the hair of the dog hangover cure. And if you’re trying to get ready for work the morning after a night of heavy drinking, you’ll probably need a beer caddy in the shower while you’re scrubbin’ away. And as luck would have it, there’s a caddy on the market called SipCaddy […]

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Artist creates a conversation about race via The Simpsons

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By Rachel Oakley in New Illustration on Saturday 20 December 2014

In memory of those who lost their lives to American police brutality, artist AleXsandro Palombo has turned to The Simpsons and used his creative abilities to comment on the situation. He calls the series I Can’t Breathe, after the last words of Eric Garner, who died at the hands of police officers in Staten Island. […]

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This chair is filled with as many litres of tears you’ll cry in a lifetime

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Saturday 20 December 2014

Japanese designer Keita Suzuki has created a rather unusual-yet thought-provoking-chair design. The Tear Drop Chair is a free-form design that is filled with 64 litres of water. Why that exact amount of water? It’s supposed to signify the average volume of tears a human being will shed during their lifetime. Sixty-four litres, people! That’s a lot of tears and a lot of eye redness.

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The most memorable moments of 2014, in playdough form

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By Rachel Oakley in News on Saturday 20 December 2014

2014 was an interesting year. In the past 12 months we’ve witnessed the rise of normcore (if you don’t know what it is, you’re not alone. Check it out here), celebrated the 20th anniversary of the TV show Friends, participated in the ice bucket challenge, and taken thousands of selfies.

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A very honest ad was created to get this little jerk of a dog adopted

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By Rachel Oakley in News on Friday 19 December 2014

Instead of placing a sweet ad online to get ‘Eddie the Terrible’ adopted, someone at the Humane Society of Silicon Valley decided to let truth reign. And sometimes the truth hurts. But Eddie’s just a dog so he won’t know any better. The post was titled ‘Three Reasons You DON’T Want To Adopt Eddie The […]

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Forget the 3-cheese pizza: this Aussie chef has created the 99-cheese pizza

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By Rachel Oakley in New Food and Packaging on Friday 19 December 2014

Because Aussies know great pizza, and because Johnny di Francesco’s a world champion pizza-maker, we’re all treated to the newest pie on the menu: the 99-cheese pizza. Called the Novantanove Formaggio (99-cheese pizza), this pie from 400 Gradi in Melbourne is created using a ‘super cheese’. This super cheese is used as a base and is created by melting down 94 cheeses in a pit.

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Another woman poses with a monkey, another photo goes viral

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By Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Friday 19 December 2014

The trouble with taking selfies with monkeys is that… you’re taking a selfie with a monkey. A tourist on holiday in Bali has given us all a good laugh when she decided to capture a cute moment with a monkey on camera. The selfie started out as any selfie does-both are smiling wide and in good spirits.

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The most unusual, bizarre, creative pens ever invented: This pen will always be ready for action, remaining in a standing position wherever you leave it

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Thursday 18 December 2014

The Slända pen is unlike any other pen you’ve seen-or experienced-before. Developed by Gustav Widström and Marcus Heneen, this pen doesn’t need one of those old fashioned pen holders because it stands up all by itself.

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Coca Cola’s St. Nick gets a 21st century makeover with couture clothing

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By Rachel Oakley in New Fashion on Thursday 18 December 2014

We all know the Santa Claus who appears on the Coca Cola ads during Christmas time. But did you know that jolly figure has been around since the 1920s?

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Why go to the mountains when you can get this climbing wall treadmill in your home?

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By Rachel Oakley in Tech on Wednesday 17 December 2014

The treadmill can get boring. And rock climbing in the great outdoors isn’t going to happen every weekend. So a couple of geniuses got to thinking and came up with the climbing wall treadmill.

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Luis Quiles’ controversial illustrations on poverty, privilege and pop culture (NSFW)

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By Rachel Oakley in New Illustration on Wednesday 17 December 2014

All you need is a quick glance at Luis Quiles’ artwork to get an idea of what’s going on in the world today. Through his raw, and quite often graphic, illustrations, Quiles comments on the big issues. From our obsession with social media and pop culture, to the bloody violence and discrimination that goes on every day around the world, Quiles captures heartfelt emotion in each of his drawings to bring about a powerful response in us.

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Take a heart-pumping lethwei class from the locals in Yangon, Burma

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Wednesday 17 December 2014

Travel to Yangon for the sacred Buddhist landmarks and exquisite gardens, but don’t forget to do at least one thing any regular local would. Like practicing the 1,000-year-old Indochinese martial art, Lethwei. While watching lethwei is as thrilling as it gets, taking a class in this ancient sport will help you appreciate it like never before.

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It’s watermelon time with Tom Rosenthal, and he’s wearing a watermelon suit for the occasion

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By Rachel Oakley in New Music on Wednesday 17 December 2014

Know what time it is? Watermelon time. According to Tom Rosenthal, anyway. His brand new song Watermelon makes it clear that there’s no better time than the time you’re dressed as a watermelon, frolicking through the countryside, and singing about watermelons. Fun right?

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Forget the conventional hotel and bunk down in a honeycomb sleeping cell

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By Rachel Oakley in Architecture on Saturday 13 December 2014

When you’re at a week-long music festival, the last thing you want to do is stay in a regular hotel. You want to be as close as possible to all the action! That’s why there’s a new BnB on the block, calling itself B-And-Bee.

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If guys were social networks, this is what they’d look like

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By Rachel Oakley in Tech on Saturday 13 December 2014

Let’s face it, if you’ve had too much time on your hands, you’ve probably wondered a lot of strange things, and photographer Victorija Pashuta is no different. She’s created a new photo series called ‘If guys were social networks’ and used all our favourite websites to imagine just what the typical guy would look like if those sites were anthropomorphized.

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