Part of bright's challenge with the wikipedia articles. This one is "Shadow People"
Date: 18 Oct 2011 01:31
Number of posts: 21
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Awwwwww, cute widdle frawgs want to eat the nice doctor man.
As a survivor of a frog attack, upvoting.
On a more serious note, the description of how it works is nicely done. Not too technical, not too redactey or handwavish.
Ugh, frogs. Seriously, frogs that can influence your mind and perception of reality, what kind of bull is that, down-
ALL GLORY TO THE HYPNOTOAD.
If these have been causing ghost sightings for so long, why haven't they evolved to kill people long ago? For that matter, why would they adapt to kill people to begin with?
Presumably people never kept them in captivity whilst killing some of them for entire frog generations. I mean, it's not like the frog will be able to eat a person. Not without a whole hell of a lot more than improved vocal cords.
So? That's not a bad thing. Remember, domesticated animals have a good deal with us, as they see it. Sure, we kill and eat them, but we significantly boost their breeding opportunities, protect them from diseases and predators, etc. It's not a one-sided thing.
Do the frogs know this? They are not passively 'evolving', not in a normal sense.
I like this, because it's an original concept and it's not human-centric. The frogs do what they do because it helps them survive, and humans just get a residual unintentional side-effect. Too many articles, IMO, make people the deliberate targets, as if we are the sole important thing in the universe.
Which is why I don't like the directed attack/hyper-evolution twist. It just seems tacked on and doesn't add much, like you finished and then thought "hmmm, I need to make this more dangerous."
End result, I'm neutral and reserve my vote.
SCP-954's effect has been observed to be used in order to disorient various insects, usually causing their movements to become erratic. It is unknown precisely how this affects insects, as they lack the complex brain structures of humans. When affected, most flying insects fall to the ground, and land-based insects generally stop movement.
Falling to the ground or standing still counts as erratic movement?
Pretty good, but -small- nitpick.
'This phenomenon is hypothesized to be what causes most ghost sightings that can't be attributed to confirmed sources or SCP objects.'
should'nt it be 'confirmed sources or other SCP objects', given that we say this SCP object may be causing them?