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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 newest hashtag campaign celebrities are in on? #WakeUpCall

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By Rachel Oakley in New Trends on Wednesday 15 October 2014

So long, ice bucket challenge. Hello, #WakeUpCall. This new social media campaign is in the aid of Unicef and involves celebs taking selfies first thing in the morning-no makeup and no hair brushing. The idea was actually conceived by UK Unicef Ambassador Jemima Khan, who said on Twitter: ‘Post a video of your #wakeupcall or […]

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What does an angry hippo attack look like? 30 seconds of scary!

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By Rachel Oakley in New Eco on Wednesday 15 October 2014

Sure, baby hippos are adorable-those big eyes, those small ears, you just want to reach out and cuddle one. But the mother hippo is going to prevent you from seeing all that cuteness, as a bunch of tourists found out while on safari in Botswana.

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Grab a new perspective of the city by hanging out inside an enormous eye

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By Rachel Oakley in New Art on Wednesday 15 October 2014

If you find yourself in The Netherlands anytime soon, you might want to make your way to the southern city of ‘s-Hertogenbosch. Here’s where you’ll find an astonishing art installation of five giant eyes taking over the city until early November. Created by Pascal Leboucq and directed by Lucas De Man, EYE offers an audio-visual theatrical […]

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Organize a family slide night with this tiny Instagram projector

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By Rachel Oakley in Tech on Tuesday 14 October 2014

Back in the seventies, there was nothing better than gathering the family for a slide night, but since new technology has taken over our lives, we never get to enjoy those evenings. Now, thanks to a tiny gadget called Projecteo, you can relive the cheesy nights of the seventies.

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The limited edition take-anywhere chaise lawn chair

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Tuesday 14 October 2014

You can’t always find a chair to sit on while out and about, but if you have the limited edition chaise lawn chair, you’ll never get stuck looking for a place to sit, ever again. This ‘alive furniture, mobile planter and human transporter’ was created using wheelbarrow parts, wood, dirt, and of course, grass.

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Awesome things that hide secret powers: This rolling park bench means you’ll never get a wet bottom again

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Tuesday 14 October 2014

There’s one thing we can all agree on: sitting on a bench right after it rained is not a good idea. If you’ve ever done it without knowing beforehand, you’re left red faced… and wet bottomed. But Sungwoo Park has designed a bench that beats the weather at its own game. The solution? The Rolling Bench.

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How about cooking dinner on your own personal laptop-stove?

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By Rachel Oakley in New Products on Tuesday 14 October 2014

It’s such an inconvenience when you’ve got to stop surfing the web to cook yourself dinner. All that time gone down the drain to light the stove and watch that steak cook-you’ll sacrifice at least half an hour of Internet time per cooking session. That’s probably why Macedonia-based industrial designer Dragan Trenchevski came up with this concept laptop-stove.

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In Prague, you can sit back and relax in an authentic beer bath while sipping unlimited beer

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Tuesday 14 October 2014

Travel to Prague and you’ll find the world’s greatest spas, with ancient spa therapies keeping you relaxed and rested. But these spas are not like the others. These spas feature bathtubs full of warm water, brewer’s yeast, hops and malt that are thought to release stress, fatigue and tension over 30 glorious minutes.

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This redhead has saved loads by using a DIY ‘ginger discount card’

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By Rachel Oakley in New Trends on Monday 13 October 2014

After Richard Macrae’s friends gifted him with a fake ginger discount card on his birthday four years ago, they probably didn’t expect him to use it. But this 30-year-old has used this joke gift to his advantage and has been able to use it at bars, restaurants, cinemas, and even on taxi fares to save money. Who knew explicitly fake IDs were useful!

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This guy BASE jumps from one skyscraper to another skyscraper’s rooftop pool

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By Rachel Oakley in Video on Monday 13 October 2014

BASE jumping is taken to a whole other level in this video of John Van Horne in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Not only does he jump from a massive skyscraper, but this BASE jumper makes it into the rooftop pool of a nearby building, 1,200 feet off the ground.

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Photo series dedicated to the hard working flight attendants around the globe

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By Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Saturday 11 October 2014

Crisscrossing the United States, Brian Finke went on a 2-year journey capturing life behind the scenes of flight attendants everywhere. During this time, this New York-based photographer took picture after picture of flight attendants before, during and after their work on airplanes with all different carriers, including Delta, Jet Blue, Hawaiian, and Southwest.

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Here’s a new invention that alerts drivers of a crash up ahead

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By Rachel Oakley in Tech on Saturday 11 October 2014

As long as cars are on the road, there’s always going to be accidents. And while modern cars have been fitted with airbags and other safety features, sometimes you just can’t avoid a fender bender. Until now. Designed by Xuan Teng, these air bag taillights prevent secondary vehicle crashes on the freeway.

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Get ready-to-heat airplane meals delivered straight to your home

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By Rachel Oakley in New Food and Packaging on Saturday 11 October 2014

Your food dreams have come true-finally you can order airplane meals to eat at home! A German company, Air Food One, has come up with a brilliant concept that allows (questionable) foodies to order their very own heat-and-eat meals, such as grilled codfish, filled ravioli and chicken breast with pepper cream sauce. Air Food One is actually a partnership between Allyouneed.com and LSG Sky Chefs, the company that creates menus for Lufthansa.

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Take a look at history’s worst contraceptives for women

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By Rachel Oakley in New Trends on Friday 10 October 2014

While the pill has been around for over 50 years, it took quite a long time to come up with a fuss-free method of contraception. Before the pill’s creation, there were some really awful ways to prevent pregnancy, and non-profit organization EngenderHealth has come up with a video to show us of all those methods. […]

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One man aims to visit every single Starbucks in the world

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel, New Food and Packaging on Friday 10 October 2014

Houston-based Rafael Lozano has spent more than $180,000 in a bid to visit every Starbucks in the world. So far, this coffee fan has travelled more than 150,000 miles over six continents, and has been able to visit 11,733 outlets so far (probably more at the time of publishing). Lozano actually started his Starbucks quest […]

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