Item #: SCP-173

Object Class: Euclid

Laconic Containment Procedures: Three people must clean SCP-173's containment room once every two weeks. One is to mop, two to watch it, warning when they blink. At least one person must keep eye contact with the statue.

Laconic Description: SCP-173 is a spray-painted concrete/rebar statue that moves when unobserved and breaks people's necks. A mixture of feces and blood appears in its container over time, necessitating cleaning. Its origin is as of yet unknown.

Additional Context: SCP-173 was the first SCP written, originally posted on 4chan's /x/ (Paranormal) board in 2007 by Moto42, known as "The USS Walrus." To preserve its history as the catalyst that spawned the entire site, SCP-173 is the only article that will never be edited or updated.

While people made connections between SCP-173 and Doctor Who's Weeping Angels early in its history, evidence shows that SCP-173 was posted about a month before Blink aired.

This article formerly used a photograph of "Untitled 2004" by Izumi Kato. The concept of SCP-173 does not reflect the artist's original ideas behind "Untitled 2004"; though displeased with the use of his art, Kato allowed the site to use it for non-commercial purposes. As of February 13, 2022, the wiki has removed this image.

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