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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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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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Partygoers sleep in huge beer cans at Denmark’s annual Skanderborg Music Festival

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Tuesday 26 August 2014

Every August, Denmark puts on an incredible music fest called the Skanderborg Music Festival. This year the festival boasted performers such as Skrillex, 50 Cent and Bastille in the line up. But that’s not the only cool thing about this festival. For the truly die-hand fans, the festival’s favourite beer, Royal Unibrew, offers giant beer can accommodation on-site.

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Who knew poaching eggs could be so … beautiful?!

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By Rachel Oakley in Video on Monday 25 August 2014

We’ve seen some pretty spectacular GoPro videos this year, from a pelican learning how to fly, to Mr. Fox eating the GoPro. But the most surprisingly beautiful so far? It’s an egg poaching. Sounds strange, right, but this video shows the simplicity and beauty of (cooking) science at play. [watch the video here]

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Thanks to Airbnb, you can stay overnight in a Sydney IKEA for just $11

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Monday 25 August 2014

You’ve always wanted to take a quick nap while shopping at IKEA but now’s your chance to spend the night! Those bright and colourful rooms are no longer just for show, thanks to a new initiative with Airbnb. For one night only, IKEA is opening up to customers, offering three luxurious (as luxurious as IKEA can get) suites in its Tempe, Sydney branch.

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Small things that are surprisingly big: an entire room in a single box

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Saturday 23 August 2014

Convenience is an understatement when it comes to the room-in-a-box. A German design and furniture company came up with this brilliant concept, including a whole room’s worth of furniture in a box that only measures 90 x 120 centimetres. No tools are needed in the process of turning this box into a room, and assembly takes less than 10 minutes!

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Taiwan bus drivers are taking over the roads as creepy zombies

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Friday 22 August 2014

For the annual Hungry Ghost Festival, a Taiwanese bus company allowed some of its drivers to dress up as frightening zombies for the day…and these were the results. This iconic festival takes place on the 15th night of the 7th month every year (on the Chinese lunar calendar), when the spirits of the dead are […]

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Vintage pictures of modern day celebs by Victoria Will

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By Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Friday 22 August 2014

Victoria Will has photographed countless celebrities in her day, but one project titled ‘Tintypes’ is worlds away from her usual photo collections. For this project, which was created for the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, Will used an old technique for developing her celebrity photographs.

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Grandpa finally comes to terms with technology on his very first Skype call

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By Rachel Oakley in Video on Thursday 21 August 2014

You can probably remember the first time you video chatted with a friend or family member. Technology was suddenly as awesome as you’d always wanted it to be. But not everyone got in on the tech boom. Some older people had a hard time adjusting to the new fangled world wide web and the capabilities […]

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The world’s most advanced expedition vehicle can scale 45-degree slopes and deploy its own drones

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Thursday 21 August 2014

Back in the day, families travelled in four-door vans, sometimes, if they were lucky, they got to stay in caravans. But over the years, the RV has had huge popularity. But the KiraVan is so huge, it eats family RVs for breakfast! This is the world’s most advanced expedition vehicle which was created by a team of engineers, scientists and artists.

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Artists give NYC restaurant choking posters a very creative makeover

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Thursday 21 August 2014

In New York, restaurants are required by law to post instructions on the wall on how to save someone from choking. These posters designed by Steve Duenes, while clear to understand, sometimes get just a little too boring for some eateries.

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Restaurant in Philadelphia serves a phone charger as one of its courses

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By Rachel Oakley in New Food and Packaging on Thursday 21 August 2014

Volver is an upscale restaurant in Philadelphia that’s unlike any other eatery out there. First, it’s run by Iron Chef Jose Garces. Second, diners need to purchase tickets to eat here. Third, the menu is referred to as a ‘performance tasting’ with everything from ‘milk & cereal‘ to Wagyu beef on the 14-course menu. And […]

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Climb a greasy pole to win a bicycle in Jakarta in honour of Independence Day

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By Rachel Oakley in New Events on Thursday 21 August 2014

To celebrate Jakarta’s independence from Dutch rule, Ancol Beach has been turned into a wonderland of prizes for citizens of Indonesia. Hundreds of greased-up poles have been placed by the shores of this popular beach and citizens are urged to compete with one another to claim the prizes that are perched on top of the poles.

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Facepalm! Fascism is a fashion accessory in certain parts of Asia

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By Rachel Oakley in New Trends on Wednesday 20 August 2014

Every few years we hear of some incredibly bizarre subculture we can’t wrap our minds around, but this one takes the cake. This subculture in Asia is called “Asian Nazis” and it’s basically what it sounds like-a bunch of young kids with an affinity for militarism, anti-semitism and a love for all things Hitler.

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Artists have created an entire wall made from flavourful jelly

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Wednesday 20 August 2014

Your childhood dreams have come true! Here is an entire wall made out of jelly. Designed by artists Lisa Hein and Robert Seng, this creative duo took three whole weeks to construct this wall, with every little bit of the construction performed on-site. And as construction continues on top, lower layers decay and melt out […]

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