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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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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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This bizarre contraption makes pudding out of a single egg

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By Rachel Oakley in New Food and Packaging on Wednesday 10 September 2014

All-egg ‘desserts’ aren’t my thing, but they might be yours. And if they’re your thing, then you’ll be super impressed with this Japanese-designed  egg-spinning dessert maker. The Okashina Tamago Mawashite Mawashite Marugoto Purin, or, awkwardly translated as ‘Pudding whole turn turn funny eggs‘ machine takes a single egg at a time, which is then spun around for about 2 minutes.

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The most epic bath tub of our time is shaped like a relaxing hammock

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Tuesday 9 September 2014

Nothing’s more relaxing than lying back on a hammock. But add water to the hammock’s design and you’ve got the most epic bath tub, ever. Designed by London-based Splinter Works, this 2.7-metre long tub, known as the Vessel, is suspended in the air just like a hammock and releases water through the base into a floor drain.

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Watch as an angry ram takes down a drone, and then chases its owner up the path

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By Rachel Oakley in Tech on Tuesday 9 September 2014

We love a good drone video, especially if it involves a good animal chase. This video won’t disappoint. When drone flyer ‘Buddhanz1‘ took his FPV quadcopter for a spin in the countryside, he didn’t intend on coming into contact with any animal, let alone an angry ram. But getting a wee bit too close will make any ram lose his cool, and this one took out some sweet revenge on the drone. But watch what happens when the drone is retrieved by its owner. That’s when the ram took things a step further.

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A guided tour of earth, aboard the international space station

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By Rachel Oakley in Video on Tuesday 9 September 2014

Here’s a guided tour you’ll definitely enjoy. Expedition 38 crew members aboard the International Space Station (ISS) made the most of their outer space adventures, and gave us a very special tour of some of the world’s cites and landmarks. Taped by Mike Hopkins and Rick Mastracchio, this video shows the ISS traveling at about […]

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In London, there’s an entire billboard made out of cake

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Tuesday 9 September 2014

Well this billboard takes the cake! Located at Westfield London at Shepherd’s Bush, this billboard took over seven hours to complete and, you guessed it, is made entirely out of cake-13,360 individual cakes, to be exact.

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