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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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Here’s a book containing all of LinkedIn’s leaked passwords… enjoy!

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By Rachel Oakley in News on Saturday 13 December 2014

Okay, so it’s not the type of book you’d download and read on your commute in the morning, but it still might be worth flipping through to see if your password is on the list. The list of 4.7 million, that is. This book/artwork is by Berlin-based artist Aram Bartholl, and if you’re wondering how he got his hands on 4.7 million secret passwords, there’s a very simple explanation: LinkedIn got hacked.

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How about a bathboat for relaxing in after a long day at the office?

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Saturday 13 December 2014

You might not be able to afford a real boat, but the bathboat is infinitely better, anyway. Designed by Studio Wieki Somers in The Netherlands, this bath tub is no ordinary run-of-the-mill tub. For starters, it looks like a mini replica of Noah’s Ark.

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Here’s what happens when you have a street full of firecrackers going off at once

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Saturday 13 December 2014

I’ve done some pretty stupid things in my life, but nothing like filling an entire street full of firecrackers. But someone obviously had to liven things up at a festival in Taiwan, so why not use as many firecrackers as possible? It looks like the entire town was in on this and donated their firecracker stashes, because that carpet of red is made up of firecrackers and firecrackers alone.

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We found a guy who can draw and paint just about anything he sees

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By Rachel Oakley in New Art on Friday 12 December 2014

While a lot of people have taken to cameras and smartphones to document their travels, Singapore-based artist Cherngzhi Lian takes out his pencils and watercolours to remember the sights and sounds of places. Cherngzhi ‘thinks of his artworks as a study of the world and humanity and uses it as a tool to comprehend the human […]

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A donut-shaped fish tank that revolves as your fish swims around ‘the city’

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Friday 12 December 2014

You can grab yourself a regular fish tank or you can grab yourself the Flying Fish Bowl by Yael Mer and Shay Alkalau of Raw Edges. This wall-mounted fish tank contains 12 litres of water and is designed like a small city inside, with scenery including small industrial factories, oil rigs, nuclear stations, and drains!

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This fancy chandelier looks like it’s floating in mid-air

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Friday 12 December 2014

Remember that scene in Beauty and the Beast when Belle and the Beast dance in the ballroom underneath a magical chandelier? That was great Disney work. And if you’ve always wanted your very own impressive chandelier, this one might just take the cake. They’re calling it the Wersailles, and this chandelier perches six metres above […]

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First there was the boyfriend body pillow, now there’s the hugging sofa

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Friday 12 December 2014

For all those people who like the intimacy of another person but get too easily irritated by them, there’s a new sofa on the market. It’s called the Enveloppe sofa by Inga Sempe for LK Hjelle, and it features a curved and flexible backrest that wraps around you like a big, warm hug. When you’re […]

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Weird requests from travelling Aussies will make you shake your head in disappointment

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Friday 12 December 2014

You’re an Aussie travelling through Europe and about to embark on a week-long trek through the Siberian wilderness, and suddenly your passport’s nowhere to be found. You’ve looked everywhere for it, too. The first thing you’d probably do (after cursing) is call an Australian consulate.

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One photographer captures a forgotten brain collection at the University of Texas

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By Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Thursday 11 December 2014

It was while on assignment photographing for Scientific American at the University of Texas that Adam Voorhes discovered a forgotten collection of 100 brains, all preserved in jars of formaldehyde. After his discovery, Voorhes soon became obsessed with documenting them ‘to reveal their oddities, textures, and otherworldly essence’. Over three days, Voorhess and two others […]

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This Santa has 94% of his body covered in tattoos (some of them Christmas tattoos!)

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By Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Thursday 11 December 2014

Never judge a book by its cover, especially when that cover is inked from head to toe! Meet Vitor Martins, a resident of Sao Caetano do Sul near Sao Paulo, Brazil. He’s covered in tattoos-in fact 94% of his body is inked-with a mix match of designs covering his body up to his neck. Peace signs, famous faces, and even Santa Claus are tatted onto this man.

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The most unusual, bizarre, creative pens ever invented: A pen that never runs out

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Thursday 11 December 2014

There’s nothing quite as frustrating as a pen that runs out of ink the moment you’re about to sign a document or jot down an important piece of information. But there’s an awesome pen on the market that will never run out of ink. Ever! Because this pen-the Grand Illusions metal pen-contains no ink at all. Yup, that’s right. Zip, zero ink is needed to write with this pen.

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The very silly and slightly rude names of 1,400 British towns

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Thursday 11 December 2014

Travel to Britain and you’ll be treated to more than just good hospitality and rainy days. You’ll also be treated to thousands of hilarious village and town names across the island. Names like ‘Brown Willy’, ‘Shag Rock’, ‘Assycombe Hill’, and even ‘Beggar’s Bush’. And with names like these, why let them go to waste on […]

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The most unusual, bizarre, creative pens ever invented: The Colour Picker Pen

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Tuesday 9 December 2014

If you’re an artist, you’ll know the frustration of not being able to produce the right colour for a painting or drawing. In fact, you’ve probably spent a good few hours trying to find colours or mix them in the hope that you’ll be able to get that leaf just the right green, but not too light so it looks like spearmint, and not too dark so it looks like a forest green. It has to be just right.

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Fashion shows actually took flight in 1965 on Braniff International Airlines… and all our drink requests were ignored in the meantime

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By Rachel Oakley in New Fashion on Monday 8 December 2014

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You’ve heard of an airstrip, but have you heard of the Air Strip? You might find this hard to believe (because I did), but back in 1965, the smart folks over at Braniff International Airways thought it was a good idea to hold fashion shows in the sky. So they hired designer Emilio Pucci to create a quick-change uniform for the air hostesses. They also created a really sexist commercial to go along with these new uniforms (watch it below).

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Aussie cops accept the Nutbush dance challenge and nail it

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By Rachel Oakley in Video on Saturday 6 December 2014

Even if you’re not a fan of the police force, you still might appreciate this video of Aussie cops getting their Nutbush on. A group of G20 police officers in Brisbane, Australia, accepted a dance challenge like no other: to dance the Nutbush on the city streets. The challenge took place outside Irish Murphy’s pub downtown during the G20 summit.

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