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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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There’s a website dedicated to the best (or worst) Dad Jokes in existence

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Websites on Wednesday 6 August 2014

There’s no doubt about it–dads make the worst jokes. It’s something that must magically happen as your first child is born. Suddenly all that first-class humour goes out the window and you’re stuck making terribly awkward, corny jokes for the rest of your life. If you’ve ever been a victim of corny dad jokes, you’ll […]

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Women are given pink parking spots in China that are 30cm wider than regular spaces

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By Rachel Oakley in New Trends on Wednesday 6 August 2014

That debate about who’s a better driver–men or women–well, now we know who wins in the eyes of China’s World Metropolis Center (WMC). They’ve just laid out 10 new parking spaces intended for women only. And to top it off, they’re painted pink. A bright ‘girly’ pink. The reason for dedicating these parking spaces wasn’t meant to cause cries of discrimination but rather to provide women with a more luxurious shopping experience. But you have to wonder about the mall’s intention. After all, each parking space is about 30 centimetres wider than the average parking spot.

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Socks have feelings too, these expressive pairs prove it!

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By Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Tuesday 5 August 2014

Rotterdam-based creative Laleh Hakimizadeh has used an everyday item to create an expressive series of photos she simply calls ‘Faces’. Using nothing but two mix-matches ankle socks, Hakimizadeh put her imagination to work and came up with human expressions for each one in her very funny project.

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Classic books have been turned into deliciously buttery titles

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Tuesday 5 August 2014

Ben Franklin once said ‘nothing in this world can be said to be certain except death and taxes’. He was obviously misquoted. There’s nothing certain except death, taxes and the deliciousness of butter. Because butter makes everything greater. Paula Deen knows it. Vipular Athukorale knows it too (check out his crazy butter sculptures here).

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One man is creating beautiful masterpieces out of Vegemite

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By Rachel Oakley in New Art on Tuesday 5 August 2014

Vegemite is used for all sorts of purposes. On toast with butter for breakfast. In the Sunday roast gravy to add flavor. On a mouth ulcer to cure it. And on your boots as shoe polish (no, seriously!). But one man is taking Vegemite to the next level, and then some. Murray McGorlick paints with […]

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She weaves dryer lint through canvas to make completely unique artworks

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By Rachel Oakley in New Art on Tuesday 5 August 2014

Looking at Tonya Corkey’s art you might be mistaken for thinking these are just ordinary canvases with a bit of paint splattered onto them. But look closely and you’ll realize that Corkey has developed a very peculiar way of making her portraits. She uses dryer lint. Her latest project is called ‘See You in the […]

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Finally there’s a chair you can wear in those extra awkward social situations

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Tuesday 5 August 2014

We’ve all been there–some super awkward situation when we’ve wished we could just suddenly evaporate from the scene. Well, now you kind of can. Kind of. Artist (and pure genius) Jamie Isenstein has created the Human Chair. Basically, it’s just what it sounds like: it’s a piece of furniture you can actually wear.

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The mouth gets a well-deserved close up in this photo series

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By Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Monday 4 August 2014

Some say the eyes are the window to the soul, but looking at Dimitra Williams’ Human Mouth series, you might think otherwise. Taking inspiration from her favourite photographers (Robert Mapplethorpe, Gary Winogrand, Peter Yang, and Laura Domela to name a few), Williams has created a unique and eye-catching collection of photos that touch on the differences of humans, yet their similarities.

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Sicily’s Mount Etna blew and it was amazing (and kinda hot)

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By Rachel Oakley in New Eco on Monday 4 August 2014

You’ve probably heard of Sicily’s Mount Etna—but did you know she erupted this week? The eruption began on July 13th and though spectacular, it wasn’t a serious enough explosion to bring on any kind of evacuation in the villages nearby. The ‘stunning pyrotechnic display’ was the first of the year, with small lava flows rippling downhill in an incredible fashion.

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How To Make Delicious Chinese Soup Using Your Washing Machine

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By Rachel Oakley in New Food and Packaging on Monday 4 August 2014

Want to make delicious Chinese soup but lacking the necessary pots and pans? Have no fear, that trusty washing machine will make it for you. One guy in China has made his favorite meal using nothing but the washing machine, and he didn’t even need to boil water. [watch the video here]

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Flawlessly ‘stitched up’ faces splice two relatives together: can you guess who is who?

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By Rachel Oakley in New Art on Saturday 2 August 2014

See anything strange here? This photo series is called Metmorfoza and it was created by Ino Zeljak, a Croatian-based student. The series explores similarities and differences between people that are connected genetically or not.

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One man is on a quest to buy a collection of signs from the homeless

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By Rachel Oakley in New Trends on Saturday 2 August 2014

Since 1993, Willie Baronet has been buying and collecting homeless signs. Now, decades later, he has acquired hundreds of signs – crumpled signs, colourful signs, signs of heartache, and signs that are also hilarious. The reason Baronet is collecting these signs? To stay connected to the people around him. And to also make a point – […]

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The world’s most luxurious (and over the top) bedrooms

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By Rachel Oakley in Architecture on Friday 1 August 2014

When it comes to bedroom decorating, many of us just head to the local Ikea to pick up a cheap bed or chest of drawers. But for the 1% who live lives of luxury, bedrooms are more like palaces, with every detail gone into their designs. HGTV takes us on a journey with their incredible list of the world’s most luxurious bedrooms, and you may just be surprised what some people are treated to.

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Sydney’s very choreographed men gives everyone something to look at … and then some

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By Rachel Oakley in New Events on Friday 1 August 2014

As part of the 19th Biennale of Sydney, artist Eglė Budvytytė is treating us to some rather bizarre performance art. In the mobile performance Choreography for the Running Male, a group of men jog a route through Sydney and carry out choreographed gestures related to emotions. Those emotions range from shame to seduction, and if you catch one of these performances, you’ll be both weirded out and amazed by what you’re seeing.

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Heartwarming photography of orphaned boys with their adopted dogs

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By Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Friday 1 August 2014

Robindra Boys is a project of photographer Sam Edmonds that captures young street children living in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Each young child in these photos is an orphan, having lost his parents or been separated from them, and taking up residence in a park called Robindra Shorbod. In this part of Dhaka, these orphaned boys sell recyclable plastic containers for food, which they share with their loyal canine friends.

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