YOU BROKE THE CURSE OF 1151
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YOU BROKE THE CURSE OF 1151
Not sure why, but I like that my prediction of "it makes you think it's your head, until you did" was slightly wrong in that it behaves like your head after decapitation. It's strange, but cool.
I'd rather see a picture of the marker itself, and the smiley face lower in the article. Feels more official.
I'm pretty sure magic marker would wear off of a hand before a week was up. Even if it didn't, how often do people draw smiley faces on their palms with any particular magic marker? I do sort of like the rest of the piece, particularly the "will begin to believe that their head is a dangerous growth" part, but I can't suspend disbelief enough to believe that anyone would ever have activated this SCP's effects in the first place, much less drawn enough attention that the Foundation would have found out about it.
My issues, obviously, since everyone else seems to like it.
I just think of the number of classmates in elementary school who drew smiley faces on their hands. Then I freak out.
How many still had smiley faces on their hands a week later, though?
I'll switch from downvote to no vote, if you promise me that this is a thing people really do.
Little kids (and…older kids) draw stuff on their hands all the time. And this could happen if 1) It was a really dirty kid or 2) Since they thought it was their real head, they wouldn't dare wash it off.
Also, the marker could be that permanent
"Stuff," yes. But not smiley faces. And I'm pretty sure that it'd wear off within a week, even on a really dirty kid who never washed, unless it was some kind of special super-permanent marker. Palms grab stuff a lot. There's friction. And we're always shedding skin.
I'll change to a non-vote anyway.
I refuse to believe that at least a few kids wouldn't draw smiley faces on their hands.
Though the permanence thing is an issue.
Experiment time! Expect a report back in one week.
Don't forget to take pictures - one of a hand with a week-old face on it would look more convincing, especially if you take it against a metal tabletop or blue sheets or something like that.
Good idea. I can't figure out how to upload images here, so I've put it in my sandbox instead. Apologies for the poor picture quality; it's hard to recreate a lighting studio only using two torches, a desk lamp, a length of string and some blutac.
UPDATE ON HAND:
One day has passed since I drew a face on my hand, and it's already wearing out quite quickly. At this rate I doubt it'll last for a week.
I've uploaded the latest photograph to my sandbox, if you're interested.
This experiment is just fantastic.
Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy that you're actually using graph paper. It has always bugged me that there are no measuring instruments visible in the pictures, as that's something I think a scientific organisation would surely use.
UPDATE ON HAND:
The experiment's still going, three days in. The face is still definitely visible, although it's getting very worn. I'm a bit surprised it's still this clear, judging by the rate it was disappearing for the first day or so.
UPDATE ON HAND:
I haven't had a chance to upload all the pictures yet, but the face I drew on my hand has finally disappeared, after six days. So this confirms that it may be quite possible for SCP-1151's effects to manifest in the times specified in the article. I'm surprised it lasted this long, but it may well have lasted even longer if I hadn't needed to use my hand for stuff so much.
Though this still leaves the question of how the effect was discovered in the first place…
but I can't suspend disbelief enough to believe that anyone would ever have activated this SCP's effects in the first place, much less drawn enough attention that the Foundation would have found out about it.
Yeah well, that seems to be the way it goes. It could be that the entire pack of markers had this effect, hell an entire CASE of markers, hundreds of them, would make you think that a smiley-face drawn on your palm was your actual god damn face, and just had an unusually strong ability to stay on the skin.
Out of the (just for random number) 500 markers that had that ability, exactly one person actually had the idea to do it in a silly way.
And I fully believe this is why the Foundation goes to great lengths to investigate ANY sort of unusual thing; just think of how many things on this site are triggered only when certain conditions are met, and think of how many of them are an unlikely set of conditions. We have stuff that may have sat around long enough to decay into dust, except that someone just happened to be in the right place, doing the right thing, at the right time.
This is good, but I'd suggest adding some effect to the pen itself that makes you want to draw the smiley face on your palm. As is, its effect would almost never happen and it kinda subtracts from the creepiness overall.
Yeah. I have the same reservations. It seems incredibly unlikely that this thing would've ever been discovered.
That marker must come in handy
NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL A FACE PALM
Damn it, Corbette, stop pussyfooting around and face the issue!
Gotta hand it to you though, you have a good grasp of the situation
Talk to the hand, bro
Oh please, give it up and face the music.
I know what I'm saying. I know this site like the back of my hand.
Please. Your bag of jokes isn't so handy now, is it.
Oh, this pun-off is a real nailbiter, it's hard to finger a winner here. But I'm going to knuckle down and point out that this entire index of manual puns is a complete wrist of time in a digital age.
Oh come on, stop palming this off to other people.
I think this is getting really out of hand, we should stop before this gets silly to save face.
Living the dream, or dreaming the life?
No need to lose your head over all this
Was just coming back to do hand puns. Gotta hand it to you for beating me. Too bad I missed the epic face off. I would love to go head to head with you guys in an epic battle of puns.
That picture is a great source of mood whiplash. At first I was like "awww", but then I read the caption and had to do a double take. Good work.
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A part of me wants an experiment log. What if the head was surgically amputated to minimize blood loss? What if a person who just drew on their palm shook hands with another person? Would the effect transfer, etc (is it the marker or the ink?).
Also, what if you used it to draw a penis on someone's face? Do they become a politician?