Alternative Artefacts
In a connected world where alternative facts and fake news are rife, people are right to question authority. This, however, wasn't always the case. For this new project, we decided to call a halt to hostilities and investigate some historical alternative facts of our own. From presidents with ulterior motives to big corporations overlooking hazards for profit, the truth always comes out in the end.

"The trust of the innocent is the liar's most useful tool." STEPHEN KING, Needful Things



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The American FDA first approved the Pill in 1957 — at first, only for menstrual disorders and infertility. Upon its release, Catholic clergy uproariously denounced the Pill for contraceptive use. In order to pacify the Church, John Rock, one of the Pill’s inventors and a Catholic, devised a plan. He proposed designing a three-week pack of hormonal pills followed by a one-week stretch of placebo pills, a course that would mimic the presence and appearance of a real period. There was and is no medical reason for this. Rock and colleagues believed women would feel more comfortable with a reliable monthly bleed, even if their periods weren’t as regular beforehand. Bonus if the church liked it. source:


all work

and no play

Between the 1980s and 2012, multinational toy manufacturer Hasbro provided materials for packaging of board games to the women residents of the Good Shepherd Sister Convent in Waterford. These women were survivors of the Magdalene laundries, too institutionalised to leave the sheltered housing after their closure. Working essentially as slaves, they received as little as 50p a week. Though Hasbro said the arrangement was first suggested by the charity Rehab, the charity denied that it facilitated the work.





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mr. president indeed

We've all heard of the Cuban Missile Crisis right? But, in 1962, just hours before enacting the Cuban trade embargo that would eventually lead the world to the brink of World War 3, President Kennedy had other things on his mind. He sent his then Press Secretary, Pierre Salinger, out on a mission to pick him up 1,000 Petit Upman Cuban cigars. Upon learning Salinger had secured the cigars, Kennedy immediately signed the decree banning all Cuban products from the US, an embargo that held until 2017. Guess it's not news to anyone that the US president can pretty much do what he wants.