If the title of this week’s creepypasta, “Object In Stagnation Consciousness,” reads like the title of a Wikipedia page, there’s a reason for that: The story centers around a (fictional, of course) Wikipedia page which, if it actually existed, would definitely be fodder for our Creepy Wikipedia feature here at TGIMM.
Written by Creepypasta Wikia user TungaskanFiend and uploaded over there on Jan. 19, 2023, this one was a delightful surprise to me. Simultaneously a science-gone-wrong story, a found footage story, a lost media story, and a weird internet story, with a little bit SCP-like flavor (I’m thinking of the ever-popular SCP-173 in particular here), it’s the kind of nugget of oddness that old-school creepypastas tended to be — something without resolution, and even without much of a plot, but which give you a little bit of the shivers all the same.
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“Object In Stagnation Consciousness” is a little rough around the edges, but it’s still quite a fun read. Especially if you’ve ever wondered if any of the objects in your home have a tendency to get up and walk around at night when you’re sleeping.
On July 19th, 2005, an article was uploaded to Wikipedia concerning a scientific discovery made in the mid ’90s. It was removed 12 minutes later and all traces of it were wiped from Wikipedia servers soon after. Only a part of the article remains, and it is unknown if the missing parts will ever see the light of day again. The specific discovery is untraceable anywhere else, and the snippet that was taken from the initial article is the only evidence of its entire existence. Wikipedia has consistently denied the article’s existence in spite of the archive since they were first asked about it around 2008. The full archive is found right below this text.
“Object in Stagnation Consciousness (OSC) is a phenomenon discovered by doctors David Astley and Julia Ninkovich at a Roman Phillips University campus at Brunk, Pennsylvania. It concerns how everyday objects will show signs of brain activity when left motionless and completely alone for an extended period of time that will cease if looked or disturbed upon by a foreign force. In some cases, if a specific object were to be left alone long enough, it will start to show abnormal physical and qualitative effects. These effects are sometimes unable to be ceased.”
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