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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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Full-body virtual reality is finally here (for those who can stomach it)

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By Rachel Oakley in Tech on Friday 11 April 2014

There’s tons of great gadgets and gizmos coming out of CES 2014 in Las Vegas and Virtuix might just have the coolest on display. Why? Well, just take a look at what they’ve designed: a harness and custom sneakers to play your favorite video games in virtual reality. Forty ‘capacitive sensors’ are located in the base […]

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Celebrities are placed in vintage ads by David Redon

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Thursday 10 April 2014

We all love a great vintage ad, but Paris-based art director David Redon has taken it a step further. What he’s done is taken modern day celebs and placed them into clever vintage ads. Stars such as Pharrell Williams, Kanye West, Rihanna, and even Beyonce are used in his project. Redon says of his work: […]

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Try not to get lost! The BIG Maze comes to Washington, D.C.

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Thursday 10 April 2014

Think you’re a whizz at mazes? Try this BIG maze, a 61×61 foot maze that’s going to be housed at Washington, D.C.’s National Building Museum this July. The labyrinth’s ‘Baltic birch plywood walls, which stand 18 feet high at the maze’s periphery, descend as you make your way towards the center’. Bjarke Ingels of BIG […]

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Don’t worry, those Harvard library books aren’t bound in human flesh after all

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By Rachel Oakley in New Trends on Thursday 10 April 2014

Harvard University just discovered that their infamous human flesh books aren’t bound from flayed human skin after all. But it’s still bound in skin, but rather sheepskin. Yes, it’s a let down, especially since we’ve believed in those human flesh books since 2006 when the discovery was published in The Harvard Crimson. Apparently though, the […]

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The beauty of quantum mechanics in photographs

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By Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Thursday 10 April 2014

Forget about your aversion towards anything scientific – these chalkboards are simply beautiful! London- and Madrid-based photographer Alejandro Guijarro spent three years traveling from one quantum mechanics institute to another, ‘exploring the scientific havens that serve as home to some of the world’s greatest thinkers’. His series is titled Momentum (clever!) and each chalkboard appears […]

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Drop Bears – Attack! of the Killer Koalas is being funded right now with your help

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By Rachel Oakley in New Film on Wednesday 9 April 2014

Kickstarter has some great projects you can back, but this one is probably the most exciting of them all. It’s a film called Drop Bears – Attack! of the Killer Koalas and it looks incredible (like Sharknado looked incredible). Here’s the synopsis: ‘A group of young backpackers go camping in the wild Australian outback. However, […]

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Portland’s Peculiarium is creepy, cool and totally quirky

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Wednesday 9 April 2014

You can bet you’ve never visited any place like the Peculiarium. This store-meets-museum sees visitors come from all over the world, eager to check out the weirder side of Portland, Oregon. Inside, you’re treated to a 10-foot-tall Bigfoot replica (which is the tallest he’s been reported to be), an interactive alien autopsy, a haunted Victorian […]

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Guys doing their girlfriend’s makeup

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By Rachel Oakley in Video on Tuesday 8 April 2014

Sooo. What happens when guys take over their girlfriends’ beauty routines? A lot of misplaced makeup! This hilarious video is brought to you by the funny people of BuzzFeed and features a handful of guys trying (in vain) to apply foundation, rouge, eyeshadow, eyeliner, and lippy – with hilarious results. Before watching this, I had […]

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Just how bad is the smog in China? Enough for a delivery of fresh mountain air

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Tuesday 8 April 2014

We’ve all heard (or seen) the smog of China, with thick blankets of pollution covering the entire city skylines across the country. But what happens when it gets too much? You send in fresh air, of course. A Henan-based travel company shipped 20 bags of air to Zhengzhou as ‘a special treat for residents’.

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Are you on the list? Starbucks gets a bouncer (kinda)

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By Rachel Oakley in Video on Monday 7 April 2014

Starbucks’ clientele has been known to be a little, err, pretentious. So what happens when Starbucks installs bouncers at their coffee houses? Well, Starbucks hasn’t gone that far (yet), but New York comedian Jena Kingsley has!

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Everyday objects redesigned by Katerina Kamprani

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Monday 7 April 2014

The Uncomfortable is about as creative as it gets. This collection of ‘deliberately inconvenient everyday objects’ is designed by architect Katerina Kamprani and started as a ‘twisted sadistic design experiment messing up it’s creator’s head (and the heads of people she knows)’. Kamprani says of her work: ‘The goal is to re-design useful objects making […]

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Da Vinci’s The Last Supper gets a very salty twist

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By Rachel Oakley in New Illustration on Friday 4 April 2014

Da Vinci might’ve been a masterful artist, but he never thought about constructing a 30-foot banquet table of The Last Supper, did he? Husband-and-wife artists Ken and Julia Yonentani created this rather incredible artwork with Aussie salt. The couple says of their work: ‘Salt becomes a metaphor not only for the impacts of salinity, but […]

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Welcome to the future: Glowing trees by Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde

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By Rachel Oakley in New Eco on Friday 4 April 2014

We loved the idea of glow-in-the-dark ice cream, using jellyfish proteins. But now we could be in for some other glow-in-the-dark objects. Like trees. Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde is exploring ways of ‘using the bio-luminescent qualities of jellyfish and mushrooms to create glow-in-the-dark trees that could replace street lights’.

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Tanning leather in one of the world’s most polluted places

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Friday 4 April 2014

You’ve probably never seen leather tanned like this before. This is the toxic Hazaribagh leather tannery in Dhaka, Bangladesh, where ‘every day, the tanneries collectively dump 22,000 litres of toxic waste, including cancer-causing chromium, into the Buriganga – Dhaka’s main river and a key water supply – according to the environment ministry’. Around 25,000 people […]

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Americans and their guns: photos by Charles Ommanney

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By Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Friday 4 April 2014

Charles Ommanney didn’t want to create a ‘predictable NRA-bashing’ photo collection when he set out to photograph Americans and their guns. Instead, he adopted a ‘more engaged manner’ where he found out why people owned guns in their homes. His project took him to six states in the Southern and Western U.S., ‘where he met people who owned guns for protection, as preparation for when things go “horribly wrong” of simply because they like the beauty of weaponry’.

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