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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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Cinema screens in China are now being overrun by audience text messages

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By Rachel Oakley in New Trends on Monday 1 September 2014

Remember when you used to catch a movie when you wanted a stress-free day or you just felt like unwinding on the weekends? Not anymore! In Chinese cities such as Beijing and Shanghai, cinema goers are being encouraged to text during movies, with their messages being displayed across the actual movie screen for the whole […]

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Small things that are surprisingly big: cardboard sheet school desks

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By Rachel Oakley in New Eco on Monday 1 September 2014

A single sheet of cardboard can’t do much, right? Wrong! In India, many children go to school but don’t have the luxury of sitting behind a desk. To address this issue, the nonprofit organization Aarambh created a necessity out of a single sheet of cardboard: a school desk. The Bombay-based nonprofit worked with designers to […]

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Where do airline workers sleep during long haul flights? These images reveal all

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Saturday 30 August 2014

If, like me, you always thought airline staff were living it up on long-haul flights when they went to ‘rest’, you’ll be surprised to find out there’s actually no special treatment given to these hard workers. Crew Rest Compartments, or CRCs, are designed with such tight spaces in mind that some airplanes have crew member […]

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What a four-year-old diner really thinks of fancy shmancy food at a Michelin starred restaurant

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By Rachel Oakley in New Food and Packaging on Friday 29 August 2014

Some parents wouldn’t be caught dead taking their kids out to a family-friendly restaurant, let alone a Michelin-starred one. But The Bold Italic have flipped the tables and introduced a very interesting (and funny) series where they take kids to fine dining restaurants to get incredibly real reviews of the food served to high-paying customers. In […]

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Help beat bowel cancer by making a funny fart video

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By Rachel Oakley in New Trends on Friday 29 August 2014

In order to raise awareness on bowel cancer and to encourage people to ‘get their bums checked’, New Zealand’s Beat Bowel Cancer Aotearoa organization have come up with a hilarious campaign. As part of their effort to share information about colorectal cancer, they’ve created a Fartbomb Generator which allows anyone to upload a YouTube video and have it jam packed with fart noises.

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36 years of nail clippings is about as horrifying as you’ve always imagined

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By Rachel Oakley in New Trends on Thursday 28 August 2014

I’m not ashamed to say I have a couple of locks of hair stored away from when I was a baby. And Richard Gibson sure isn’t ashamed to say that he, too, collects parts of… himself. But in this case, it’s nail clippings. Every single one, clipped since 1978. This 58-year-old oil investor started filling […]

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Babies have it so hard, day spas have been created to ease the daily stress and tension

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By Rachel Oakley in New Trends on Thursday 28 August 2014

Being born is stressful business. Not only for Mum but for baby, too. And to ease all that stress of being born and the tension of everyday life outside of the womb, babies are now being taken to day spas. One particular spa in Houston, Texas, is called Float Baby and this place offers everything […]

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The latest trend in office furniture: human hamster wheel desks

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Thursday 28 August 2014

If you’ve ever felt like you’re in a hamster wheel, try it out in real life! Robb Godshaw’s hamster wheel desk is either your worst nightmare (if you’re lazy like me), or the best thing to happen to any office space, ever. Not many details are known about this hamster wheel desk, but it looks as […]

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First it was the ice bucket challenge for ALS, now it’s the rice bucket challenge for hunger

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By Rachel Oakley in New Trends on Thursday 28 August 2014

Lost count of how many friends have been dared to take the ALS ice bucket challenge? Well, I have. And though the ALS Association has raised close to $US80 million since July 29 (woah), I’m looking forward to my social media feeds going back to news where people aren’t dunked in icy water.

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Small things that are surprisingly big: an office you can take anywhere you go

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Thursday 28 August 2014

This is the Kruikantoor, a light-weight foam structure that was created by Tim Vinke, a Dutch designer. The name ‘Kruikantoor’ is actually a combination of the two words ‘wheelbarrow’ and ‘office’, and like the name suggests, you can pick this workspace in a few seconds and easily move it to wherever you like.

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Cerbero is a 14-year-old poodle that’s travelled more than the rest of us

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Thursday 28 August 2014

Lately we’ve seen a slew of dog bucket list photos and videos making the rounds on the Internet. But what if a dog’s owner simply took their beloved pooch travelling just for the sake of good times? Ety Fefer took her 14-year-old poodle all around the world and documented every moment with a cute but hilarious blog titled Cerbero on the Road. So, where has Cerbero been in his 14 years?

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Finger condoms protect you from the messiness of eating fried chicken and sticky donuts

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By Rachel Oakley in New Products on Thursday 28 August 2014

You know what really bites? Eating fried chicken and getting all that grease over your fingers and not having a napkin in sight. Or biting into a donut and forgetting to protect your fingers from the stickiness of that delicious icing. It’s the little things in life that can ruin our days. But our days are about to get a whole lot more tasty and OCD-free, thanks to these finger condoms.

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Small things that are surprisingly big: this incredibly versatile sofa bed

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Wednesday 27 August 2014

At first glance, the Sosia doesn’t look like much at all. In fact, it looks just like a small screen you’d use to separate a room. But dig a little deeper and you’ll see that this is no ordinary room divider. In fact, the Sosia’s main function is actually a sofa.

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These candleholders are designed to look like plumbing pipes

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By Rachel Oakley in New Products on Wednesday 27 August 2014

For those of us who don’t particularly like being given candleholders as gifts, these might change your mind. Designed by Dutch designer Merel Bekking, Mr. Fahrenheit is a concrete candleholder that looks just like a plumping pipe.

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Just for the lazy: a mobile gym that comes straight to your front door

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By Rachel Oakley in New Trends on Tuesday 26 August 2014

For those who are so against moving themselves from the car to the gym, there’s a solution just for you! It’s called InForm Fitness and instead of you having to fight traffic to get to that elliptical machine, the gym now comes to you, in the form of a large bus filled with gym equipment. […]

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