Of all sad words

of tongue or pen, The saddest are these: it might have been.

A hypothesized phenomenon/entity which is anomalously attached to the concept of inverse antimemetics1 in the fashion that it is only capable of understanding specific concepts which no human currently knows. Containment Procedures involve potential questions for hypothetical interviews are screened in advance and the screener given amnestics - this process applies to food as well, since nobody knows if it needs to eat or not and they don't want the entity to not know that the food it's given exists. For this reason, they say that they do know some things about the hypothesized anomalous entity, namely that it is the following:

  • Intangible
  • Uncontainable
  • Malevolent
  • Everything
  • Some other things

In-universe, the Foundation may or may not be lying in the document. If they are lying, three possibilities exist - that it does exist, that it does not, or that it is in a state of superposition - one of which is known by the Foundation, two of which are known by the entity. If it exists, then the Foundation want it to know that it exists, so that it may give them information that nobody else knows. If it does not exist, then the Foundation does not want it not knowing that it doesn't exist - cogito ergo sum, it exists because someone knows that it doesn't. If nobody knows that logic does not govern the rules of the universe,2 then it can retroactively exist, as it sincerely believes that logic doesn't work, and is capable of making that the universe's ruleset. This all works despite and because of the fact that none of the above makes a single lick of sense. Because logic does not govern the laws of the universe.

Item #: SCP-XXXX

Object Class:

Special Containment Procedures:


It is unknown whether or not the contents of this document are fabricated in order to facilitate the anomalous effects of SCP-XXXX.