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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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Swedish metal head gets disability payments because he’s addicted to heavy metal music

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By Rachel Oakley in New Music on Friday 27 February 2015

It sounds like something The Onion would write about, but it’s actually a true story out of Sweden. Roger Tullgren, a 40-something, heavily tattooed metalhead has consulted three separate psychologists to receive statements testifying about the extend of his heavy metal music dependency. Yes, it’s actually a thing. In Sweden anyway.

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Get a very twisted look at glamour addiction with photographer Danil Golovkin

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By Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Thursday 26 February 2015

Russian photographer Danil Golovkin’s ‘Addicted to Glamour’ photograph series isn’t your everyday set of covergirl images. Instead, they show the gritty, dark side of the fashion industry and the people who buy into it.

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Warning: This spider-infested home will make you throw your computer out the window

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By Rachel Oakley in Video on Thursday 26 February 2015

Before you watch this video, make sure you check under that sofa cushion for creepy crawlies. You might also want to check behind the sofa, under the rugs, behind the cushions, on top of the lamp, and while you’re at it, go ahead and check your shoes. Spiders be everywhere.

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This man definitely doesn’t want you to know he just sat through 50 Shades of Grey

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By Rachel Oakley in Video on Wednesday 25 February 2015

You’ve told everyone you’re busy, you can’t make it to poker night. You buy your movie ticket, sit down with a choc-top and get whisked away into Christian Grey’s world of sadomasochism. And when it’s all over you’re on cloud nine, because it’s your little secret.

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Sponsored: New Belgium’s Slow Ride Session IPA chills you out in a fast-paced world

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By Rachel Oakley in New Food and Packaging on Wednesday 25 February 2015

In a fast-paced world where the boss is on your back and you’re plugged in 24/7, you need something that will take the edge off and help you relax. Some might turn to trashy TV, others sing meditation’s praises, but if you really want to slow down and enjoy an hour or two of post-office relaxation, you should grab a Slow Ride Session IPA for you and your friends.

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Angela Merkel gets the hipster treatment in this completely weird Tumblr account

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By Rachel Oakley in New Art on Tuesday 24 February 2015

Angela Merkel is a straight-talking politician with no time for a Tumblr account of her own. So someone decided to help the German chancellor express herself online, with a Tumblr account called HipsterMerkel.

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This 7-week-old boy got a rather awful makeover courtesy of mum

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By Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Tuesday 24 February 2015

When you’re a new mum and you’ve finally got a few spare minutes on your hands, you can perhaps grab a coffee, check email or call a friend. Imgur user Unicornreality decided to use her precious spare time to find out what her newborn would look like with a face full of makeup.

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Charles Darwin’s kids doodled all over his original manuscript… and he was ok with it

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By Rachel Oakley in New Illustration on Tuesday 24 February 2015

Obviously when Charles Darwin was writing up his manuscript On the Origin of Species, there were no home computers around. And typewriters had just been invented, so he was left to the trusty pen to gather his thoughts. And as life goes, when you write with pen and paper, you’re bound to have something spill on that manuscript and ruin it. 

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Cookie Monster gets deep, sharing food-related shower thoughts

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By Rachel Oakley in Video on Monday 23 February 2015

You might know of a subreddit called Shower Thoughts. It’s where people go to score karma points for sharing their musings while bathing, such as ‘If Mary gave birth to Jesus, and Jesus is the Lamb of God, then Mary had a Little Lamb’. You get the drift.

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It took 400,000 Lego pieces to build this magical Hogwarts Castle

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Monday 23 February 2015

The films may have come to an end, but that doesn’t mean Harry Potter fans have quit making incredible displays. This homemade Hogwarts Castle was created by Alice Finch from Seattle, who wanted to surprise her kids.

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Abandoned basketball rings from around the world

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By Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Monday 23 February 2015

Basketball might be a popular sport all over the world, but that doesn’t mean basketball rings are just as popular, as proven by photographer Chris Tubbs. In his series Out of Doors, Tubbs explores less fortunate basketball setups in 37 countries.

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Mind-bending photographic art from Achraf Baznani

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By Rachel Oakley in New Art on Friday 20 February 2015

Wanting to capture ‘the things in nature that are very unnatural’, Moroccan artist Achraf Baznani has explored happiness, sorrow, loneliness, and self-awareness with a series of surreal photographs that leave you wondering, ‘how did he even do that?’

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The latest accessory craze? Gummy worm scarves!

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By Rachel Oakley in New Fashion on Friday 20 February 2015

What’s better than a warm scarf in the winter? A not-so-warm scarf made out of nothing but sugar; Gummy bears to be precise. Twitter user Overtime Queen made this colourful scarf which features 50-inch strings made out of 15 packs of gummy candy.

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Throw away that wooden coffee table and pick up bookniture to take its place

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Friday 20 February 2015

Between eReaders and smartphones, our bookshelves are rather empty these days. But why fill them with books when you can fill them with books that double as furniture? Uh yeah, it’s a thing, and it’s crowdfunding right now.

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Celebrities put on a few pounds to the delight of fans everywhere

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By Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Friday 20 February 2015

If you think celebrities are just too skinny these days, you’re in for a treat; Spanish artist David Lopera is giving all his favourite celebs a full-figure makeover.

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