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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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These beefed up kangaroos will make you feel all sorts of awkward

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By Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Saturday 23 May 2015

Digg Senior Editor Veronica de Souza says it all when she makes the comment, ‘Are they kind of hot? What am I feeling right now?’ about a bunch of meathead kangaroos. There’s nothing more awkward than looking at these ‘roos and wishing your better half had as much upper body muscle as these giant marsupials.

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The sun has a halo in Mexico City and residents can’t stop looking at it

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By Rachel Oakley in News on Saturday 23 May 2015

Don’t look directly into the sun – that’s rule number one. But when the sun has an incredible halo around it, how could you not look directly into it? This phenomenon happened in Mexico City this past week and has everybody mesmerized.

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Floating pizzeria is located in the picturesque waters off Fiji

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Saturday 23 May 2015

Most pizzerias are basic – a counter, a few chairs, and a case for cold drinks. Nothing special, really. But travel to Fiji  and you’ll find the world’s most picturesque pizzeria, surrounding by turquoise water and sunny skies.

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Go on holiday and spend the night in a sewer pipe in Austria and Germany

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By Rachel Oakley in Architecture on Friday 22 May 2015

They might not be your first choice for accommodation, but Austrian architect Andreas Strauss has totally revamped these sewer pipes and converted them into homes away from home.

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These fire fighting superhero suits are personalised just for you

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Friday 22 May 2015

The trouble with fighting fires in traditional one-size-fits-all firefighting suits is that they’re heavy and bulky, weighing firefighters down when they’re climbing stairs or rescuing people. One industrial designer, Jiazhen ‘Ken’ Chen has made a dramatic improvement on tradition and introduced his A.F.A.-powered exoskeleton suit to give firefighters a personalised helping hand while on the job.

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The singing garbage man of New York City

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By Rachel Oakley in Video on Friday 22 May 2015

They say to whistle while you work but in one man’s case, it’s all about hitting the high notes. Meet the most in-tune garbage collector in New York City. As he goes about his nightly route, this man belts out some crazy good tunes. In particular, Hoobastank’s ‘Same Direction’ and ‘Out Of Control’.

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The most awkward moments from Twitter, all on one app

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By Rachel Oakley in New Trends on Friday 22 May 2015

Imagine someone pays a compliment to the person next to you, but you think it’s for you. You quickly say thank you, then just as quickly hang your head down in complete awkwardness, wanting to curl up into a little ball so nobody sees you. Yeah, there’s an app for things like that.

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The surreal ‘Plants of Gods’ terrarium makes gardening cooler than ever

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By Rachel Oakley in New Eco on Friday 22 May 2015

Prodip Leung created what I can only call an exquisite work of art, with his ‘Plants of Gods’ terrarium.

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Cities throughout Britain open up Duck Lanes along the waterways

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By Rachel Oakley in News on Friday 22 May 2015

In a new initiative to ‘encourage people to be mindful of the animals they share the road with when walking or biking’, Duck Lanes have been put in place along pathways in London, Birmingham and Manchester.

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Add this to the bucket list: The beautiful deserts of Namibia

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Thursday 21 May 2015

What countries do you have on that bucket list? Perhaps Brazil for its beaches or Russia for its history? Here’s another one to add to that ever-increasing list: Namibia. This is where you’ll not only find the friendliest people on Earth, but also the most unique landscape, including DeadVlei.

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GoPro captures tiny black birds feeding in the nest

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By Rachel Oakley in Video on Thursday 21 May 2015

Harvey Young got the greatest surprise in his garden recently – a mother black bird and her babies. Their nest was located right at the back of his yard and had been created three weeks before the birds hatched.

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Teeny tiny miniature hand blown vases and wine glasses

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By Rachel Oakley in New Art on Thursday 21 May 2015

If you’ve ever tried your hand at glassblowing, you’ll know all too well how incredibly difficult it can be to achieve a perfect finished piece. Even artists experienced for decades make flops. So to see these miniature wine glasses, vases and beakers standing just centimetres tall is quite astounding.

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Can you spot the optical illusion in this ordinary photo? It’s been mystifying Redditors for days

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By Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Thursday 21 May 2015

Redditor zibin probably didn’t expect such a reaction to his photo. After all, it’s just a snap or two ordinary construction guys standing in an ordinary cherry picker, right? Wrong! Look a little closer and your brain will melt from this Escher-esque illusion.

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KLM and Heineken gave 10 lucky people an epic non-stop party in Amsterdam!

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By Rachel Oakley in New Events on Thursday 21 May 2015

If you ordered a Heineken recently, you might’ve been rewarded – not only with an iced cold beer but a trip to Amsterdam via KLM! As part of an incredible experience, both Dutch companies joined forces to celebrate King’s Day, (Koningsdag) which sees the city of Amsterdam come alive (more alive than usual!) with festivities on every street.

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Biggest run-on sentence ever? This man wrote a 52,438-word dissertation without punctuation

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By Rachel Oakley in News on Tuesday 19 May 2015

If professors are always on your back about run-on sentences, just let them know you’re not the only culprit. Patrick Stewart wrote his entire 149-page dissertation without a single full stop or comma.

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