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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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The beauty of Iceland and Norway captured in miniature form

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Saturday 24 January 2015

The video is called The Little Nordics and it was captured by DAMP Design’s Martijn Doolaard. Showing beautiful scenes of incredible fjords, kayak cruises, winding roads, and ferries sailing back and forth, this short video was recorded during Doolaard’s exploration of Norway and Iceland, in places such as Geiranger, Atlanterhavsveien, and Trollstigen.

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Stray bullet chairs are the next big thing to conquer the art world

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By Rachel Oakley in New Art on Friday 23 January 2015

There’s something about a quirky chair design that just captures my attention, so here is my next eye-catcher: the Stray Bullet Chair. Designed by Design da Gema, these chairs (and matching side tables) are more than just mindless pieces.

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Waiting at the traffic lights, these antsy Russians decided it was dance-off time

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By Rachel Oakley in Video on Friday 23 January 2015

There’s a 1977 hit by the Jackson 5 titled Keep on Dancing. You might’ve heard it before-it’s quite catchy. Well, maybe this is why a group of Russians decided to keep on dancing at the traffic lights.

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One disgruntled dad is selling his used pram on EBay in the most hilarious way possible

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By Rachel Oakley in News on Friday 23 January 2015

Parenthood can be looked at two ways: you either adore your kids and your life changes for the better… or, it doesn’t. One anonymous dad named ‘UKJoel25′ might be one of the dads out there who doesn’t exactly embrace fatherhood. He recently posted on EBay to sell his bright green pram, with bids starting at just £9.99. Since it’s been on the site, the ‘green monster’ has accumulated bids higher than £150K. Why? Read the description below and tell me that isn’t worth £150K!

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Koreans taste American snacks for the first time and their reactions are priceless

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By Rachel Oakley in New Food and Packaging on Friday 23 January 2015

The U.S. is known for its aisles and aisles of snacks in grocery stores and convenience shops, but the rest of the world isn’t always in-the-know on American snacks, so it seemed like a fun experiment to gather a few Korean girls, sit them down, and have them taste some of America’s favourite snacks.

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Dutch architects are developing the world’s most beautiful hotel shaped like an amethyst

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By Rachel Oakley in Architecture on Thursday 22 January 2015

The Plaza’s got nothing on this line of hotels! Developed by Dutch agency NL Architects, the proposal for the Amethyst Hotel looks just like violet variety of quartz, cut in half. Designed to promote the healing qualities of the amethyst, the first Amethyst Hotel (of many) is under development in China, on a man-made island called Ocean Flower, which is in the sea north of Hainan.

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Drop everything and watch this close-up footage of lava pouring into the ocean off Hawaii

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel, New Eco on Thursday 22 January 2015

Know what’s better than close-up footage of lava spilling into the ocean? Absolutely nothing. So you’ve got to watch this video. It’s actually quite mesmerizing. Kawika Singson used his GoPro to capture this pretty cool phenomenon off the coast of Hawaii, and you can’t help but wonder just how hot that water is getting with that neverending spillage of lava (which is around 1,100 degrees).

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Fun Products that are unexpectedly Versatile: Porthole Hat Bag, a hat that can also be used as a shopping bag

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Thursday 22 January 2015

A hat has one use, right? Protecting your head. Or, keeping you stylish. Maybe both, so in that case a hat has just two uses. Right? Wrong! If you’ve never come across the Porthole Hat Bag before, you’re in for a huge surprise.

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The world’s smallest drone is here and it’s just 4cm x 4cm

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By Rachel Oakley in Tech on Thursday 22 January 2015

Here it is, folks. The world’s smallest drone (apart from the teensy ones the government is no doubt using to spy on us!). A Netherlands-based gadget maker-TRNDlabs-came up with this design, known as the SKEYE Nano Drone. It measured just four by four centimetres and has a range of just 50 feet. So it’s not […]

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This shirtless guy is the happiest man in the world and has dance moves you only wish you knew

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By Rachel Oakley in Video on Wednesday 21 January 2015

He’s feeling the earth move under his feet… or he’s just plain excited and happy to be attending the String Summit in Oregon. Nobody knows who this bearded shirtless man is, but we do know a few things: he’s got some ace moves tucked under his (non-existent) sleeves.

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Can you guess these famous sitcom homes from their 3D floorplans?

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By Rachel Oakley in Architecture on Wednesday 21 January 2015

Shows such as Friends, How I Met Your Mother, Dexter, and Big Bang Theory all had/have exciting sets.

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Game Boy gets a futuristic-Victorian makeover and goes all Steampunk on us

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Tuesday 20 January 2015

The Nintendo Game Boy might’ve sold over 118 million units since its 1989 debut, but just imagine if that simple grey box had a steampunk makeover. Imagine then how many more units Nintendo might’ve sold! This Steampunk Game Boy was designed by French artist Elise Siegwald, using just thread, acrylic paint, and clock machinery.

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Fun products that are unexpectedly versatile: The Kangaroo Light is a light pad that lights up the bottom of your purse and also acts as a night light and a placemat

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Tuesday 20 January 2015

You can’t find your car keys. Your baby needs a light on to sleep. You need something to rest your dinner plate on. There’s one item that fits the bill for all three tasks: The Kangaroo Light. After a successful Kickstarter campaign, this cleverly-designed light has gone into production and brought convenience to thousands.

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Hand models get their headshots taken and all is exposed!

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By Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Tuesday 20 January 2015

Those beautiful hands you see in commercials? Well, they probably don’t belong to that face in the commercial. That would be the work of a hand model. Not all hand models are creepy, either (like this woman). In fact, they’re quite interesting with fascinating backstories. Some come from a ‘line of hand models’ (who knew?), while others (women, even) stands in for little boys’ hands. A book detailing all of this is Head Shots of Hand Models, designed by M.G.T. Studio.

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Can New Yorkers be more courteous? These posters are trying to make that happen on the subway

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Monday 19 January 2015

For those who are unlucky enough to have ridden the New York City subway, you’ll probably remember a few things about your ride. First, there was probably some woman applying mascara in your car. Second, there was probably an obnoxious dance-off taking place along the journey. And lastly, there were probably more seats taken up by bags of groceries than actual people. New Yorkers aren’t rude, they’re just… different.

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