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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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A hipster beard comb created out of unwanted vinyl records

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By Rachel Oakley in New Products on Thursday 18 September 2014

Keeping your beard groomed and looking its absolute best takes a lot of work. And if you’ve been sporting a beard for a while, you might know about beard combs-tools especially designed to delicately brush through that facial hair. Well now there’s a new product on the market that not only tackles your beard, but also gets rid of unwanted vinyl records.

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Forget the nutcracker, this year it’s all about the nut hammer

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Thursday 18 September 2014

Cracking nuts hasn’t been fun since humans discovered we could eat them, but London-based designer Roger Arquer has turned the tables and is making nut cracking an exciting and playful experience. He’s invented the Nut Hammer, a nutcracker with a silicone head that fits over the end of a hammer and smashes nuts of all […]

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The dancing traffic light makes waiting for that green light a time to party!

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By Rachel Oakley in News on Thursday 18 September 2014

Since nobody likes to wait at traffic lights, one company, Smart, decided to place a very special set of traffic lights in the middle of Lisbon, Portugal. They allowed random pedestrians to enter an oversized traffic light studio, dance, and their moves were displayed in real time on the traffic lights outside.

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Ever seen inside the mouth of a leatherback turtle? You’ll wish you hadn’t after this

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By Rachel Oakley in New Eco on Thursday 18 September 2014

You’ve probably seen Leatherback turtles on documentaries before. They’re the largest of all living turtles, with their front flippers growing up to 2.7 metres and the mean size being anywhere from 250 to 700kg. These turtles feed mostly on jellyfish, but if you look inside their mouths, you might think they’re more suited to dine on humans.

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Become more beautiful by setting your face on fire in this bizarre (and dangerous) treatment

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By Rachel Oakley in New Trends on Thursday 18 September 2014

You’ve tried it all-lotions, face masks, organic treatments-but nothing makes you feel more beautiful than having your face set alight, right? This bizarre practice known as Huo Liao is a Chinese beauty treatment that is thought to stimulate the skin and address dullness, sagging and wrinkles.

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Awesome things that hide secret powers: The insect-attracting parachute flower is kinda awesome

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By Rachel Oakley in New Eco on Wednesday 17 September 2014

The parachute flower can be found in many different regions of the world, from northern Australia to southern China, Indonesia and Madagascar. While this might seem like just another houseplant, the parachute flower has a very special power that actually helps with flower pollination. The flower has ‘fused petals and a hairy lollipop like thing coming out of it’ that’s lined with tiny hairs that point downwards.

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Awesome things that hide secret powers: the freeze-and-thaw frogs of Alaska

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By Rachel Oakley in New Eco on Monday 15 September 2014

Didn’t think frogs had secret powers, did you? But prepare for some interesting insight. Some frog species, such as the Alaskan wood frog, can actually ‘create an antifreeze-like solution in their blood that lets them literally freeze and thaw in winter with no ill effect’. Yeah, you read that correctly. Frogs have hidden this from us for decades-little did we know that those little critters were outsmarting us with their secret powers.

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Attack of the giant fingers: a photo series dedicated to poor photography!

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By Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Friday 12 September 2014

Now that we’ve got digital cameras and smartphones to take photos, not many of our most treasured moments are ‘scarred’ by giant fingers anymore. But that doesn’t mean we don’t remember that dreaded finger of photography nightmares. In Erik Kessels’ In Almost Every Picture series, he plays homage to those photos of yesteryear when giant fingers attacked.

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Turn your junk mail into beautiful paper artwork using a very simple invention

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By Rachel Oakley in New Art, New Design, New Eco on Friday 12 September 2014

Hate junk mail as much as the rest of us? Then you probably need this junk mail press by Vert Aussie designer Andrew Simpson and global designer collective Supercyclers. The junk mail press is made from aluminium and has interchangeable parts that allow you to create differently shaped objects, such as bowls, plates, cups, and coasters.

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Very clever ‘cartoonbombing’ by French illustrator Troqman

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By Rachel Oakley in New Illustration on Friday 12 September 2014

Art director and illustrator Troqman has introduced us to a very cool trend sweeping the web-cartoonbombing. Instead of photobombing pictures, this artist is taking it a step further and drawing cartoons to fit in with his surroundings.

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The world’s longest sofa is in Russia and spans 1KM long

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By Rachel Oakley in News on Thursday 11 September 2014

No more complaining about how much sofa space you have compared to your partner-the world’s longest sofa means you’ll have as much legroom as you like. This mammoth sofa was made by Russian furniture company Mnogo Mebeli on their fifth anniversary of business, and wanting to do something out of the ordinary, they decided to beat a world record at the same time.

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This husky can throw a tantrum better than your average 2-year-old

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By Rachel Oakley in Video on Thursday 11 September 2014

Huskies are renowned for their howling, but not so much for their dog park tantrums… until now. You’ve probably seen the way a 2-year-old child acts when it’s time to leave the playground or a fun party-leg stomping, tears, and a whole lot of ‘no’. Well, this husky isn’t that much different. [Watch the video here]

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Just 24 hours after Apple’s iPhone announcement, ‘Scarf Guy’ has taken over the Internet

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By Rachel Oakley in News on Thursday 11 September 2014

Whether or not you tuned in to watch Apple’s announcement of the iPhone 6, you’ll probably recognize this guy. The Internet have dubbed him ‘Scarf Man’ and it’s quite obvious why-just check out that huge, overpowering scarf. And that rockin’ haircut. Social media caused a storm yesterday over Scarf Guy, with Twitter accounts named after him, costumes already set up to recapture the moment Scarf Guy took to the stage, and a few companies even got in on the Scarf Guy action by posting their own Internet memes.

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Why settle for a home by the ocean when you can get a house suspended above it?

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Wednesday 10 September 2014

Buying a house near the ocean is so 2013. This year it’s all about the house suspended over the ocean. Because if you’re shelling out big bucks for the view, you might as well get the best you can, right? Now, this home is just a conceptual property for now, but with stunning views of the ocean and those magnificent cliffs along the Great Ocean Road, how could you not want this to go ahead?

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Stocking is the new planking, according to this blog anyway

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By Rachel Oakley in New Trends on Wednesday 10 September 2014

Planking was fun. It grabbed you all the attention you needed and made your friends laugh. But then everyone stopped planking and social media got kind of boring. So someone invented a new trend that’s catching. It’s called stocking and it involves replicating pretty awful stock photos in the most hilarious way possible. It might not sound like much but when you see the images side-by-side, you’re in for a real treat.

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