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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 Mesmerizing Junk Ship Harbour Of Moreton Island

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Sunday 20 July 2014

‘Cool’ doesn’t even begin to describe how incredible the Tangalooma Wrecks are. It’s located off Moreton Island in Queensland, Australia, and is made up of 15 ships that were deliberately sunk near the coast to form a breakwall for small boats, as well as a wreck dive for snorkeling.

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Exposed: George C. Parker, the most unlikeliest con artists in history

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By Rachel Oakley in New Events on Friday 27 June 2014

There’s a saying in America that goes: ‘If you can believe that, then I’ve got a bridge you might like to buy’. The phrase is based on one of the most cunning con artists of the 20th century: George C. Parker. This New Yorker was ballsy. He didn’t just con people out of a few […]

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Only in Athens: Stavros Mellissinos, sandal maker and world-renowned poet

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Wednesday 25 June 2014

Go to Athens for the incredible history and architecture. For the food. For the people. But go to also meet a world-renowned poet, who just happens to be a sandal maker, too. The Poet Sandal Maker of Athens, as Stavros Melissinos is called, has worked on crafting sandals all his life and today he and […]

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Contemporary art mixes with incredible sound in Mille Plateaux

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By Rachel Oakley in New Music on Tuesday 10 June 2014

When you combine cover art from controversial painter Steven Johnson Leyba and the sounds of Georgio “The Dove Valentino”, you’re bound to have an album that’s a cut above the rest. Valentino operates in the space between several forms (song-and-dance, performance art, belles lettres and institutional critique) and several genres (torch song, soundtrack, Kraut-rock, country-and-western, surf, lo-fi and high-concept […]

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The automatic tie tying machine is here

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By Rachel Oakley in Video on Saturday 7 June 2014

It’s amazing what people lend their talents to. If you’re into robotics your first major project has got to be inventing a machine that ties a tie, right? Well, no judgement here. There’s a lot of businessmen out there who need their ties tied. And some won’t even bother to learn. It always helps to have gone to a private school to know these things, but if you’re not one of the “lucky” (I use the term very loosely) ones to have attended a private school with a strict tie policy, have no fear.

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Controversial American culture art by Eric Yahnker

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By Rachel Oakley in New Art on Saturday 7 June 2014

LA-based artist Eric Yahnker loves to poke fun at contemporary American culture. In his solo exhibition, Sticks & Drones, Yahnker ‘strives to navigate the muddy, frequently strained gulf between the reception of recent US affairs at home and abroad’. What does that mean?

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People’s attachments captured in photos by Cerise Doucède

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By Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Friday 6 June 2014

We’re all attached to something in our lives. Whether it be an item of clothing or a family heirloom, or even sporting equipment. French photographer Cerise Doucède has uncovered just what a handful of people are attached to in life via her photography series Les Attaches. You’ll see that everyone is photographed tied to their attachments, though the rope tying them to their obsessions are also restricting them at the same time.

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How different countries of the world spend a Sunday

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Friday 6 June 2014

What’s a Sunday to you? Is it relaxing in the garden? Watching movies? Socializing with friends? Maybe it’s playing sports. Or even working. Sunday is spent all different ways across the globe and Hungry House was able to put together a pretty neat infographic to demonstrate just how different we all are in spending the […]

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Crazy but true: this guy turns Beijing’s air pollution into high-end jewelry

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By Rachel Oakley in New Eco on Thursday 5 June 2014

Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde is sucking up Beijing’s pollution and turning it into high-end jewelry. No kidding. He’s using technology that’s kind of like a vacuum cleaner to remove smog particles from urban skies. This will create ‘the cleanest park in Beijing’ where people can ‘breathe, share ideas and experience clean air again’.

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There’s an app that lets you search for your dead pet’s doppelganger (so you can adopt them)

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By Rachel Oakley in Tech on Thursday 5 June 2014

If you’ve lost a pet, there’s a new app that allows you to search for your deceased pet’s doppelganger. Not only that, but after you’ve found your pet’s twin, you get the opportunity to find out where the animal is located so you can go ahead and adopt it. The app is called PetMatch and […]

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Find out if you’re a try-hard when it comes to social media

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Websites on Thursday 5 June 2014

Are you trying too hard on Facebook? Do you tweet too often? Are you looking like a loser to all your 1,200 Instagram followers? Now there’s a program that will ‘delve into your online persona, crunch the numbers, and form a comprehensive quantitative summary of your effort level in social media’. If you’re ready to […]

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Tiny dioramas created inside sardine cans by Nathalie Alony

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By Rachel Oakley in New Art on Wednesday 4 June 2014

Italy-based artist Nathalie Alony has created an incredible series of miniature dioramas, illustrating life inside an apartment. What makes these dioramas so special is that each one has been created inside a sardine can, which is kind of fitting, given Alony’s statement about the work: ‘All these different lives, different stories, different histories and futures, […]

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This Swedish one-man-band plays the Star Wars tune flawlessly

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By Rachel Oakley in Video on Wednesday 4 June 2014

Recorded on a Stockholm street by YouTuber Carlos Cassiani, this epic video shows one man’s devotion to Star Wars by his epic one-man-band performance. The guy in the video? His name is Anders Flanderz and he’s a regular on the streets of the city, playing everything from the Tetris theme to Gangnam Style. I don’t […]

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Poppin’ tags: incredible art created with price tags

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By Rachel Oakley in New Art on Wednesday 4 June 2014

After seeing the extraordinary art BL67 has created with price tags, you’ll never be able to complain again about not having enough money to create art. Who knew those old-school yellow price stickers could amaze like this? If you’re interested in purchasing one of these price tag pieces, you’ll be happy to know it’s quite […]

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This Vogue photographer captures beautiful fashion from all over the world (and not a supermodel in sight)

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By Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Wednesday 4 June 2014

As a Vogue photographer, Anne Menke traveled the world taking part in fashion shoots. But along the way, she turned her camera away from high fashion models and to the locals of the places she visited, as can be seen in her newly updated book, See The World Beautiful. Menke says: ‘Fashion is where you […]

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