SCP-048 (partially found original versions of science-fiction story; 2008-2009)

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Status: Partially Found

SCP-048 is an article written as part of the SCP Foundation series, which documents a fictional organization's attempts to identify and collect anomalous objects, entities and other articles that violate natural law. Given the codename "The Cursed SCP Number", the article concerns a slot number at the Foundation that if used, will result in the destruction or loss of the object attached to it. The article is a meta reference to various poor quality articles that were written prior to the current version of SCP-048.

Background[edit | edit source]

Before "The Cursed SCP Number" was written, SCP-048 garnered a reputation for being home to several low-quality stories written between 2008 to 2009. Based on SCP-048's discussion page, at least two stories are known to have existed. The first was given the codename of "Joey". In this article, SCP-048 was a medium-sized dog of unknown breed, which could talk, outrun any other dog or human, and even bite through bone. The object referred to itself as "Joey" and became aggressive if someone called it SCP-048. Additionally, while SCP-048 refused to give personal information out during interviews, alcohol consumption would make it more willing to share information about itself, although it would also make it more aggressive when provoked.

Due to "Joey" being deemed a poor quality article, it was taken down on January 21st 2009.[1] However, one last article about SCP-048 briefly appeared on the site prior to "The Cursed SCP Number". Given the codename "Vampyre Boat", it was described by SCP Wiki user Judgedeadd as "an evil ship carrying vampires". Following this, and other below standard SCP-048 articles being written, SCP Wiki user DrClef decided to retire the number, and write "The Cursed SCP Number" on 12th February 2009. In the article, DrClef made reference to "Joey", Vampyre Boat and other old SCP-048 articles as having been "lost, destroyed, decommissioned, stolen, or otherwise lost to the Foundation" in-universe when given the number. A 50% increased staff turnover at SCP-048 compared to other SCPs was also reported, because of the higher risk of staff dying, suffering serious injuries or ultimately facing disciplinary action by the Foundation. Unlike the earlier SCP-048 articles, this one was well-received, earning over 1,200 likes as of the present day.

Not much else is known about other SCP-048 entries. However, based on DrClef's opening post on the discussion page, many SCP-048 stories were created, resulting in the number gaining its dubious reputation.

Availability[edit | edit source]

To date, only one pre-Cursed SCP Number version of SCP-048 is accessible online. "Joey" ultimately remains accessible, not only for being archived by the Wayback Machine while it was still the official SCP-048,[2] but also for being part of a series of decommissioned articles designed to make fun of the worst articles written on the website during its first few years.[3]

The other stories are lost, mainly because of the Wayback Machine not archiving them, as well as the article history for SCP-048 being deleted and re-created so that it only showed revisions of "The Cursed SCP Number". Vampyre Boat's existence is confirmed thanks to SCP Wiki user recounts, as well as an Addendum attached to "The Cursed SCP Number" that describes the article in-universe as having been a story idea from a "low-level researcher" who accidentally overwrote the blank slot for SCP-048 rather than saving it to his hard drive.[4]

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