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Still from the move Tremors (1990) overlaid with a memetic filter to remove the effects of SCP-XXXX.

Item #: SCP-XXXX

Object Class: Keter

Special Containment Procedures: There is no known way to reverse the effects of SCP-XXXX or prevent its propagation without violating veil protocol.

Containment resources for SCP-XXXX are to be put toward minimizing and ameliorating perceptual divergences from objective reality whenever possible, primarily through the recreation of SCP-XXXX-A media with digitally-augmented approximation of its performances.

Description: SCP-XXXX is a widespread delusional belief in the existence of an American film actor and celebrity named 'Kevin Bacon' (SCP-XXXX-A). Those affected by SCP-XXXX share consistent perceptions of SCP-XXXX-A's presence in person and in recorded media,2 and collective knowledge and perception of SCP-XXXX-A will occasionally undergo sudden and simultaneous alteration for all affected parties.

Video cameras and other recording devices are not directly affected by SCP-XXXX and do not register the presence of SCP-XXXX-A. Only the human brain's sensory experience of recorded media that is altered to match the divergent concensus reality.

If a person under the effects of SCP-XXXX interacts with SCP-XXXX-A directly,3 observing parties will witness an identical version of events. However, anyone who is familiar with the SCP-XXXX phenomenon or who is acting under the instigation of a person with knowledge of SCP-XXXX will not be able to interact with SCP-XXXX-A or affect the collectively accepted timeline.

On a broader scale, SCP-XXXX rejects events which would not transpire if SCP-XXXX-A were a regular person, and the memories of affected subjects are overwritten to exclude such events. As of this writing, researchers have yet to reach an agreement as to whether SCP-XXXX-A is a sapient entity that deliberately perpetuates its narrative, or if its actions are collectively predetermined through consensus reality.

The SCP-XXXX phenomenon also extends to any additional entities that are created through perceived divergences from objective reality, such as biological children SCP-XXXX-A supposedly conceives.4 The phenomenon also extends to any person (subdesignated serially from SCP-XXXX-0001 onwards) who expires under circumstances that are directly caused by SCP-XXXX-A's objective nonexistence. Consequently, the risk to baseline normalcy5 is expected to increase exponentially with each new instance manifested and each subsequent generation in the instance's bloodline. Foundation researchers have estimated that continued propagation of SCP-XXXX at its current rate will result in a QK-Class Total Perceptual Disparity Scenario by 2150.

For more information on the history of SCP-XXXX-A as recognized under collective perception, please refer to the extant public records.

Addendum — Notable Containment Attempts:

Objective: Apprehend SCP-XXXX-A from his registered living space.

Outcome: Foundation operatives observed SCP-XXXX-A returning to his apartment after work and followed him inside. SCP-XXXX-A could not be found, and collective recollection of SCP-XXXX-A's timeline was soon altered to include a stop at a local coffee house before returning home.

Objective: Prevent SCP-XXXX-A from reaching a remote filming location.

Outcome: Fuel was siphoned from the vehicle intended to convey SCP-XXXX-A to the film site, and all communication between the vehicle's driver and the remaining crew was suppressed. When the vehicle ran out of fuel, the driver pulled over to the side of the road, but made no other acknowledgement of the situation.

Production staff did not recognize the absence of SCP-XXXX-A nor his driver and filming proceeded as planned. The driver was recorded having a conversation in real-time with a member of the catering department during lunch, despite the two parties being several dozen miles apart. The driver eventually lost consciousness due to the effects of dehydration and was returned to his home by Foundation operatives. The driver's subjective-objective congruity was successfully restored.

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