Hah, so now we've got our own variation on the goose that laid golden eggs? Cool. I don't know if that's what was intended, but I do like to see adaptions of mythological/fairytale critters on this site.
Date: 19 Nov 2010 23:56
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It wasn't explicitly intended, but it definitely takes from that. I know it's not creepy or bone shilling, but I think it's interesting and I hope you all do to :D
Adding some tests with food other than rats might help, perhaps with less preferable animals to eat resulting in lesser metals.
I did originally have a few others, but it looked a little cluttered and unnecessary.
I would replace the second and third rats with different animals producing different materials- that would be more interesting. Also, I'm not sure if the physics speculation is worthwhile in the context of an SCP; generally, it seems no one at the foundation is particularly concerned when the fundamental laws of thermodynamics are broken.
It's not creepy, but it makes your brain hurt. For me, I thought "okay, what's the correlation between metal and food?" THen it started breking conservation of mass, and then suddenly it isn't actually turning the food into metal, and the metal is just appearing what is this i dont even
I like this one. It's on the border of being so benign that it could fit in the Anomalous Items Log but it is a well done article.
One way of making it less purely benign would be to have an incident involving human meat and the production of [REDACTED]
Or even a small amount of Telekill.
But that might be a bit too obvious.
We do need different experiments here.
Say, it's given a common ground squirrel, and excretes platinum; a robin is released into the enclosure, and it excretes gold; during routine enclosure cleaning, it bites a D-class, removing a sizable chunk of thumb, and later excretes [REDACTED] - which puzzles research staff, as the mass of [REDACTED] is greater than the mass of the meat consumed…
When I was reading this I was expecting to see an incident log where SCP-███ managed to enter the aviary and was promptly consumed and telekill was produced. What with there only being one SCP-███-(now D) there would be no question as to why the Foundation doesn't try and get more that way.
This makes my inner ornithophile happy. However, 20 g is way small for either brown rats (Rattus norvegicus) or black rats (R. rattus), which average at least ten times that mass. 20 g would be good for a house mouse (Mus musculus), but I imagine Midas would have eaten those before, meaning indium would have already been found in the wild. Gerbils (Meriones unguiculatus) are somewhat more massive than mice, and golden hamsters (Mesocricetus auratus) are a bit heavier still, but I reckon either of these would work with some slight adjustments to mass. [/taxonomy nerd]
I was reading this, and I had a sudden horror moment:
The metal isn't coming from the food. It's coming from the thing itself.
It eating is KILLING it.
I… don't think that's what was intended.
Wouldn't it be dead by now if that is what's happening to it? I mean… I'm no biologist, but losing a handful of your guts every single time you eat something probably won't let you live to become an adult.
Like I said, i don't think that's what's happening. In all likelihood, the extra mass is coming from [EXPUNGED], [REDACTED], or magic.
EDIT: Also, in addition to the fact that it should be dead with the amount of guts it would be missing and internal bleeding the random gore just doesn't mesh with the article. This article shows that the Foundation collects strange Safe-class items that are mostly harmless, as well as Keteriffic horrors.
Definitely a good one, upvoted. As a sciencey type I find myself wondering how the Foundation hasn't discovered the point at which these materials appear, and why they either haven't investigated that or if they have then why it isn't mentioned.
Just a little nitpick, really, it seems like something that would logically follow the tests that have already been performed. Others may disagree and think it's better without anything extra.
test log was a little bland to me, but still upvoted for an owl that poops the precious pellets.
I figured the test log was a little short. Maybe you should put down a test for a larger sized mouse or a different small animal that and owl would eat. If you improve the test log I will give you my +1.
As I stated above, more animals would just be boring really like "Squirrels =gold" and "Mice=germanium" so I don't see myself adding that.