Exploring the SCP Foundation: SCP-173 – The Sculpture


SCP-173, The Sculpture. Being the first of a kind is rarely synonymous
with being the best. The Wright Brothers plane is not generally
considered the best plane, and Roundhay Garden Scene doesn’t make many best film lists. But being the original always deserves some
form of recognition, and for the SCP universe, that recognition goes to SCP 173. While it’s unlikely a large percentage of
SCP fans consider it their favorite, it retains far and away the highest rating of any article
on the site, and will likely hold that honor for a long time. 173 is a simple article, and it alone wouldn’t
warrant much of a summary, but i’ll also go into some of the more interesting tales that
have sprung up based on the original. In mid 2007, the paranormal board of the 4chan
website was filled with various stories and pictures made to creep people out. Many of these followed a classic formula of
creepy buildup ending with a jump scare or something similar. The original text of SCP-173 was posted here
during this time, along with an image of a sculpture made by artist Izumi Kato. The original post has been lost to time, but
it was posted numerous times afterwards, and its popularity began to grow. People were intrigued by the unique format,
the clinical tone, and the idea that this strange entity was apparently only one of
at least 172 other strange entities contained by some organization. Other SCP posts began popping up, and eventually,
the concept was moved off of 4chan. The rest is history. SCP-173 is an anomalous statue constructed
from concrete and rebar, with traces of spray paint on its body and face. While not being observed, 173 is extremely
hostile, and will quickly move to the nearest creature, killing it by strangulation or snapping
its neck. When no one is inside it’s containment chamber,
reports of a stone scraping sound are heard, and there is also a continual buildup of feces
and blood in the chamber that must be cleaned bi-weekly. During the cleaning, at least three d-class
are sent in, with two of them keeping constant watch on 173, alerting one another if they
need to blink. So, that’s it, that’s SCP-173. By today’s standards, 173 would likely never
make it onto the site, at least not for very long, but in 2007 it was enough to spark interest
and create a new universe. The limited description does work in its favor
to cause a reader to ask a number of questions. Who made the statue and why? What is the stone scraping sound? Where do the feces and blood come from, and
why does the foundation insist on cleaning it up? To potentially get some answers to these questions,
we can look at a few tales that authors have written about 173. None of these are technically canon, so feel
free to accept any of them or none of them as your own headcanon. The tale Anniversary, shows 173’s creator,
an invisible artist that easily breaks into 173’s containment chamber. This artist created a number of anomalous
statues, such as a statue that when looked upon, can’t be looked away from. This individual considers 173 to be his favorite
however, a perfect piece of art that represents the human condition, endlessly demanding of
attention, savagely violent when ignored, producing nothing but waste. They had given 173 the simple instructions
of not moving when observed, and killing when not observed, but it was potentially capable
of a lot more. While in the chamber, the artist spoke and
touched the statue, which displayed traces of sentience, and before leaving, told it
that just this one time, when personnel came to clean its chamber, it was allowed to do
as it wished if even one of them looked away. Re: The Statue details a number of emails,
primarily from a junior researcher newly assigned to SCP-173. The researcher is a little confused about
his job of watching a camera feed of 173 when d-class go in to clean it’s chamber. He wonders why there aren’t automated cleaning
systems in place, and why they haven’t utilized better means of watching 173, such as an AI. A higher ranking doctor insists that 173 has
been exhaustively tested upon, and there’s little else to try at this point. Automated cleaning systems get rapidly blocked
with a buildup of feces and blood, almost as if 173 could direct this runoff where it
wished, and potentially uses the substance purposefully to draw prey in. The doctor also mentions how this mixture
somehow gets into any recorded media of 173, as well as the housing of any artificial intelligence
used to watch it. The junior researcher later emails the site
director, Jack Bright, asking if he can implement a system of remote controlled drones with
cameras on top that stream footage to containment staff. Bright approves, but tell’s him not to get
over-confident, as they’ve tried a lot of clever ideas on 173 in the past. Sure enough, the test goes wrong, as the substance
causes two of the cameras to lose sight of 173 for a moment, along with the third operator
blinking at the same moment, allowing 173 to destroy all three drones. They attempt the test again, but the same
thing occurs, along with the lock to the chamber failing, causing the death of a janitor. Bright tells the researcher not to feel too
bad about it, and to keep thinking about another containment procedure. A few years later, he emails Bright again,
asking if he can change the chamber to include a series of grates, so that the substance
will simply slide through them, requiring no cleaning. Bright once again approves, but they learn
that 173 can apparently change the composition of the substance, causing it to melt through
the floor, a foot of concrete, and seven feet of soil before killing 12 people. The researcher asks to be allowed to terminate
it, but Bright denies it, saying they clearly still can learn from 173, and he takes the
researcher off of the project. Finally, Bright emails one of the o5’s, confirming
their fears that the only way for safe containment of 173 is to continue sending d-class in to
clean its chamber every week, because for whatever reason, 173 demands human attention. Revised Entry, the highest rated tale about
173, begins with the same text found in the regular 173 documentation, but then describes
an incident when two d-class who are cleaning 173’s chamber seem to be looking at two different
instances of 173. One of them sneezes, and they are both killed. Somehow, 173 managed to multiply, and so each
is given their own containment chamber, with standard protocols put in place for both. Some time later, both multiply again, leaving
4 copies of SCP-173, and so it’s object class was changed to Keter. Some more time passes, and 173 continues to
multiply, now numbering at least 61. Multiple 173 entities work together to break
containment, and it’s believed that they possess some sort of hive mind, growing more intelligent
as their number grows. The foundation ships the 173 entities they
still have off to the moon, but a number of them escaped and continue to multiply, quickly
causing hundreds of thousands of deaths across north america in the span of 48 hours. The veil of secrecy is broken as the incident
becomes international news, and thousands of 173 entities work together to rip open
and destroy multiple foundation facilities. 150 of them join up and rip apart scp-682. North america becomes completely covered in
173 entities, leaving only estimates of a couple hundred people still living in the
country, and so the o5 council decides to commence a nuclear bombardment of the entire
landmass. North and South America are renamed to containment
zone x1, and all foundation efforts are redirected to monitoring the oceans to see if any 173
entities attempt to leave the zone. Some time after, an instance of 173 is sighted
in Wales, forcing the foundation to quickly nuke it, leaving no survivors. SCP-173 is the original, and because of that,
it certainly deserves the respect of any SCP fan, but it’s also managed to garner quite
a bit of popularity outside of that fact, and continues to draw new people into the
SCP universe. SCP-173 is the main focus of the containment
breach video game, which has brought a lot of fans to the community, and new artworks,
figurines, and other pieces of fandom are continually created based on 173. While the SCP universe and community have
changed quite a bit in the last 11 years, we can always look back to where we started
with the original.

100 comments

  • Ja Broski

    Aka. The Ublinkyougetsinked

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  • PS1 Hagrid

    173 should actually be called "Hard Nut"

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  • Vengefuldept Gamez

    stone scraping noises intensify

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  • Sentry Bot

    I tried not to blink while watching this video.

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  • Crusader

    Petition to make Peanut the new pope
    All hail the holy peanut

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  • KSIs Father

    Boo

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  • KSIs Father

    Boo

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  • KSIs Father

    Bee

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  • KSIs Father

    Boo

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  • KSIs Father

    Bop

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  • PandaRobot

    I’m starting to think that this channel is an scp. I can’t sleep unless I’m listening to this channel.

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  • PandaRobot

    I’m starting to think that this channel is an scp. I can’t sleep unless I’m listening to this channel.

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  • Silver Kaizer

    I do not and will not respect this thing.

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  • robotspgc

    So the suggestion to terminate 173 was denied because they could "still learn something from it"?
    Ok, let's say this is true, even though it doesn't state what is being learned from it. This implies that it can be terminated, seeing as the reasoning isn't that "it can't be terminated".
    Why weren't the duplicates of 173 terminated? They let it get to as much as 60 duplicates without taking any action beyond containment against them?
    I'm not super into SCP lore, so if someone more knowledgable could elaborate a bit, I'd appreciate it.

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  • Marcus Thorén

    Is it just me or is SCP-173 kinda cute. I mean just look at it in the first picture. Big cute eyes with a happy little smile and a button nose! Such a precious snappy child!

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  • david the beast

    Ugly Scp potato

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  • Josh Byrne

    I always thought, why not just blink one eye at a time? 😂😂

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  • Warsrecker

    3:30 The picture with it having green eyes was kind of hypnotizing. I was able to look away(I think) still I kept looking at it until the picture changed.

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  • Jkobe

    this is juts a rip off of the weeping angels

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  • Rafael Suprayogi

    Look cute btw

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  • Vaitulis

    You know you can blink with one eye at a time, right?

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  • bruh monty

    3:09 well i mean having a freaky, murderous junk sculpture running around your facility is just a given in the scp universe, i feel like if you had the option at least to have it not be covered in feces you would take it

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  • Voivoda Dracula

    Do any of you ever wonder what does the anon that posted SCP 173 think about the success of SCP?

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  • DrXshock

    Peanut.

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  • Delkarix

    Imagine if Peanut got the Infinity Gauntlet

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  • ben hunter

    I LOVE peanut boy!

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  • SanicPower604 XB1:sanic power 604

    if u can't beat it JOIN IT

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  • BeardedDragon

    Damn. That last story was pretty shit.

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  • Tuti Wong

    #RIP random janitor

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  • Wasem Zahr

    Imagine an scp pixel art game like that art work

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  • Comedic Noob

    Skidadle
    Skidoodle
    North and South America are now
    [REDACTED]

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  • Nep Nep

    From different sources I've found over time it uses the 'feces' to multiply itself but not only that it is a extradimensional 'being' like some other crazy scp's and 1 I'm pretty sure killed 1/3 of another extradimensional being army its own… Truly terrifying…..

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  • Felix

    P E A N U T

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  • Dustin Provost

    You put an extraordinary amount of effort to shite on this scp. But it is clearly a very good one and better than a lot of them.

    Got some bias or beef? Or do you fancy yourself some kind of judge or authority?

    I suggest you cease inserting your own misleading and ignorant opinions into your vids.

    We are not interested in your personal opinion.

    Shocking I know.

    This statue excretes substances far more useful to society than you regurgitating other people's work for your own easy enrichment or your existence let alone your opinions.

    A scumbag plagariser has no right to critique an original creator's creations. So just shut the [email protected] up. 😀

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  • Buckaroo Man

    "Sculpture"? More like: "Bloody peanut"

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  • Mr. NPC

    I twist. They die. Neck makes sound. Not words, or scream, or gurgle. Neck go crunch. Crunch is beautiful sound. Crunch means end has come. Crunch means man can torment no more. Crunch means others panic; others become easy. Crunch begins and crunch ends.

    ~Captain Crunch

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  • NaysM

    Next up scp 166

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  • Emily Barclay

    SCP version of weeping angels which are imho the scariest dr who villain

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  • Generality

    I think the sculpture retains its attraction because of its relative simplicity. Other SCPs require up to several pages of text to fully explore the concept, whereas this one is fairly easy to grasp. It's a thing that kills you if you underestimate it. Little more need be said.

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  • St. James

    I can’t handle this comment section 😂

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  • Sam 87

    SCP-173 is T H I C C

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  • Mista is not amused

    All hail 173

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  • delve

    having the artist being an anomalous being himself would’ve been an insane concept. an artist who creates highly dangerous anomalous statues.

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  • Alright Willshere

    What’s with SCP ..|…..|..|.?

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  • Samuel Pearce

    Captain Crunch.

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  • Tsnophaljakarax 996

    I gotta be honest, I really do prefer these older SCPs than the newer, more "hardcore" ones, where they're trying to be the next big Lovecraftian horror story that makes you question life and the such. It's a neat idea for sure, but to have so many of them almost feels like a weird competition to try and outdo each other on the existential horror. Hell, SCP-3999 was the result of a frigging writer's block because of it XD

    But I dunno, these may be more "simple" documents, but it makes it feel a little more real and freaky to think that these monsters and objects are being contained somewhere in a secret base, and at any moment these things can break out and wreak havoc.

    But I guess that's just me. I guess I just prefer the old school monsters and objects than big elaborate stories about alternate realities or UN-realities or stuff like that. I dunno >.<

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  • Brody Patterson's animations

    IN SOVIET RUSSIA YOU SNAP 173'S NECK

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  • HueMungusChungus 69.420

    i first met 173 in a tf2 server, there was a room with 173 in it and it actually worked like in did in containment breach with a blink meter.

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  • Maddie [REDACTED]

    scp stands for secure, contain, peanut.

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  • Turk TürkTurgıık18

    Fuck it im blinking

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  • Mr. Jostur

    "SCP-173 is not the most visually impressive entity"

    Me: Say sike right now.

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  • SnowyLicious

    What a clever little stature

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  • Asriel

    life hack: BLINK WITH ONE EYE AT A TIME

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  • Weridest Person

    "It'll snap your neck"
    Me:hm. Another way to die.

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  • Mirnes Mulalic

    In Soviet Russia peanut eat you

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  • C R

    he stink
    he wink
    he wait for you to blink

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  • Matt Hill

    That last story is badly written, because it adds on a power that has nothing to do with the original monster, and could be applied to any monster to have it suddenly kill the world. You could take a single koala bear, have it suddenly (and inexplicably) start doubling, and destroy the world with it. It's just lazy writing.

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  • Logan Burch

    He redacts ur neck

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  • ducmagic

    So they got these up to the moon. I saw some YouTube video that have sup-096 on the moon.

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  • enCODed3

    He just wants a hug… he just doesn't know how… but hes trying…

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  • Privatizität

    I like SCP-173-J more

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  • ZOMBRO 115

    UwU

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  • Burning Kitsune Mask

    that story is bad because ripping 682 apart wouldn't kill him he'd just regenerate and become stronger.

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  • Almighty Shrek

    I live for [C R U N C H]

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  • Pug Lord

    Hippity hop-pity your neck is now 173’s property

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  • lt.SpookyCarrot 1

    He drink punch,
    He hav lunch,
    But most importantly…
    He make necc go CRUNCH

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  • UserName0043

    The true go

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  • Anomaly 311 The Super Strong God Boss

    Scp-173 3:00

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  • HooliganSlert

    Peanut Boy's Motto:
    10:32

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  • lil Artman X

    God this is terrifying

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  • Xingzhi Zhang

    When they started duplicating then why don’t they just terminate them before they take over the world?

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  • Cursed Wither

    i like the remake the most… cute to scary

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  • Cursed Wither

    what if scps actually exist and they just uploaded this to warn us and eventually they slowly send some more real ones.. we would never know…..

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  • Kia044

    OG

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  • Khameleon YT

    Why can’t they make a big room for the class d personnel

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  • NotDiversity

    All hail the holy peanut

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  • Qam05

    The OG spook

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  • Anthony Mugianesi

    The allegory of the statue representing manking is really on point.

    Harmless and unthreatening when under surveillance,
    Ruthless killer when nobody is looking,
    In constant need of attention,
    Produces nothing but waste,

    On point i tell you !

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  • Aiden Sprentz

    please do a video on scp-939

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  • Despacito Penguin 9900

    Praise the almighty peanut

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  • Voldy356

    Why didn't they just send the original one to the moon and leave it be. It can't magically teleport to earth, can it?

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  • Introverted Male

    So they're weeping angels

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  • FairButNotReally

    It looks so cute like it wants a hug!

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  • LordQuackers 57

    A shitting statue with a huge ego and anger issues

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  • Nadir Jk

    Billy

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  • Hazel Diez

    Peanut is my favoret scp

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  • Kurjek Kolds

    All these SCP stories would be terrible scripts.

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  • Smokecall

    I remember this article before the wireframe update to the description

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  • Dany Gaming

    Crunch

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  • Dany Gaming

    Lumper
    Runcher
    Ur neck is now the
    CRUNCHER

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  • Licht

    Waiter please get me a neck sandwich and make it snappy

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  • Bob Stomachbaby

    Awaken
    You have woken.
    Your neck is now
    [REDACTED]

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  • Anakin Fox

    Who would win?

    -A few thousand peanuts

    -Or the entirety of north and south America

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  • BoomBoone 47

    The scraping sound is it moving a round I thought.

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  • Corey Moore

    What a lad

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  • speedychi 1412

    Danplan 🙋🏻‍♀️

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  • Wugo Hustman

    When ever someone says 4chan I’m spooked

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  • The DrunkenGod

    7:00 half life look a like

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  • - sJac -

    so… it's a weeping angel…

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  • beetle149

    I often Wonder if that Anon on /x/ knows what he started?
    Is he proud?
    I hope he is, I'm very grateful to him.

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