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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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Tell ‘em how you really feel with deliciously evil baked goods

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By Rachel Oakley in New Food and Packaging on Saturday 18 October 2014

When it comes to giving someone a piece of your mind, you can always turn to texting, emails or even an angry phone call. But if you really want to get the message across, you call upon the crafty work of The Bold Bakery, via Sarah Brockett. Because when you want to shower someone in […]

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The London tattoo museum with a difference: real life models!

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Saturday 18 October 2014

Take a stroll through the Human Gallery and you’ll realize this is no ordinary museum. As part of The International London Tattoo Convention, this gallery in London showcases human exhibits in shadow boxes, behind golden frames.

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Thanksgiving in a bucket is your travel-friendly Turkey Day 11-litre feast

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By Rachel Oakley in New Food and Packaging on Friday 17 October 2014

American foodies’ favourite holiday is fast approaching-Thanksgiving-and if you want to celebrate with all the trimmings, good luck to you. But if you just want a good old turkey dinner that’s travel-friendly and semi-delicious, look no further than Thanksgiving in a Bucket.

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Finally, a dress that expands for more personal space

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By Rachel Oakley in Tech on Friday 17 October 2014

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It’s rush hour and you’re stuck on a train going home. And there’s a bunch of people getting up in your face. It’s not only awkward, it’s uncomfortable. And then there’s that guy giving you those eyes. Need more personal space? Now there’s a dress for that! Artist Kathleen McDermott has created the Personal Space Dress that expands, thanks to ‘proximity sensors’ that identify when someone gets too close. 

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Relax and take a load off in the sensory deprivation skull chair

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Thursday 16 October 2014

Life is stressful-there’s work, family, bills, and everything else going on you need to pay attention to. Why not take a time out? But instead of retreating to the bathroom (or man cave), why not invest in something that takes all the stress away? This skull chair has been designed to shut out all the distractions of everyday life by depriving you of light and sound.

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Come second in a sumo contest, win a gigantic macaron

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By Rachel Oakley in New Events on Thursday 16 October 2014

At the Sumo Senshuraku tournament in Japan, coming first is an incredible feat. You win fame, you win glory. But come runner up and you’ll be gifted a giant, green macaron. No, really! This very quirky prize is part of the France-Japan Friendship Cup and is custom-made by the famous French patisserie Pierre Herme.

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Cool things that multi-task better than you and I: a pollution-reversing bicycle

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By Rachel Oakley in New Eco on Thursday 16 October 2014

Bikes help the environment by not emitting air pollution, but the Air-Purifier Bike goes one step further. This electric bicycle has been designed with an air purifier built into the handlebars. Not only that, but this bike also has the ability to produce oxygen ‘with a photosynthesis system that’s integrated into the top tube of the frame’.

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Public service announcements with a snarky and hilarious twist

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By Rachel Oakley in New Art on Thursday 16 October 2014

Jim Benton, one of the world’s greatest cartoonists, has created a series of public service announcements (PSAs) that ‘give back’ (if giving back means being snarky and hilarious). Benton makes sure to remind us to talk to our kids about smoking (and ‘like how pipes are a bit pretentious’), that seat belts save lives (‘one way is by choking bears’), and to fight global warming (by turning on the air conditioner and opening the windows).

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Burnout photography is the ultimate photo series for any motorhead

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By Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Thursday 16 October 2014

Sydney-based Kiwi Simon Davidson has quite a background in vehicles, so it’s no wonder this photographer took his camera to snap some of the most incredible burnouts on Aussie and American soil.

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Hilarious ways to mispell a name, courtesy of Starbucks

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By Rachel Oakley in New Food and Packaging on Thursday 16 October 2014

Last month we showed you why Starbucks employees spell your name wrong, but this month we’re showing you the list of names they’ve gotten wrong over the years. And it’s quite funny to see. How about spelling Allison as ‘Allerson’ or Mark as ‘Mog’?

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A two-legged chair that will tone muscles every minute you work

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Wednesday 15 October 2014

Question: just how sadistic is the creator of this two-legged balancing chair? Designed by Benoit Malta, this badass chair is made out of wood and aims to avoid stationary postures in favour of promoting mobility. Malta says the chair is to introduce ‘bearable discomfort’ and to raise awareness about our bodies. Perhaps Malta is doing […]

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The newest hashtag campaign celebrities are in on? #WakeUpCall

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By Rachel Oakley in New Trends on Wednesday 15 October 2014

So long, ice bucket challenge. Hello, #WakeUpCall. This new social media campaign is in the aid of Unicef and involves celebs taking selfies first thing in the morning-no makeup and no hair brushing. The idea was actually conceived by UK Unicef Ambassador Jemima Khan, who said on Twitter: ‘Post a video of your #wakeupcall or […]

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What does an angry hippo attack look like? 30 seconds of scary!

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By Rachel Oakley in New Eco on Wednesday 15 October 2014

Sure, baby hippos are adorable-those big eyes, those small ears, you just want to reach out and cuddle one. But the mother hippo is going to prevent you from seeing all that cuteness, as a bunch of tourists found out while on safari in Botswana.

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Grab a new perspective of the city by hanging out inside an enormous eye

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By Rachel Oakley in New Art on Wednesday 15 October 2014

If you find yourself in The Netherlands anytime soon, you might want to make your way to the southern city of ‘s-Hertogenbosch. Here’s where you’ll find an astonishing art installation of five giant eyes taking over the city until early November. Created by Pascal Leboucq and directed by Lucas De Man, EYE offers an audio-visual theatrical […]

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Organize a family slide night with this tiny Instagram projector

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By Rachel Oakley in Tech on Tuesday 14 October 2014

Back in the seventies, there was nothing better than gathering the family for a slide night, but since new technology has taken over our lives, we never get to enjoy those evenings. Now, thanks to a tiny gadget called Projecteo, you can relive the cheesy nights of the seventies.

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