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The first recorded instance of

Item #: SCP-4440

Object Class: Safe

Special Containment Procedures: SCP-4440 is contained in a standard Safe-class locker. Class-W mnestics are suggested while working with SCP-4440. Personnel documenting SCP-4440 are to be rotated on a monthly basis to prevent irreversible changes to cognitive function.

UPDATE 2003/04/6: Staff assigned to SCP-4440 are to completely document the scale of its cognitohazardous properties. Recent research suggests they are more potent than previously thought.1

Description: SCP-4400 is the collective designation for a current total of four2 notebooks with antimemetic properties. Primarily, the items contain an antimemetic perceptional field which acts to deter visual acknowledgement of the object. The potency of the antimemetic field has been slowly increasing over time with occasional sporadic drops. Research into the cause of this behaviour is ongoing.

Secondly, the items contain obfuscatory cognitohazards to prevent reading of the item's true content1. More specifically, the item encrypts the content via cryptographic cognitohazards, altering the text if the reader does not have access to the cipher key. The cipher key is mental alignment to some unknown factor, gauged by the response to an image and question prompt, presumably set by the author.

Attempts to transcribe, discuss, or copy SCP-4400's content has resulted in the same outcome: individuals that have sufficient mental alignment to the factor to view the content ordinarily will be able to understand the transcription/speech, while those that do not will experience the false versions. Exposure to the content of SCP-4440, encrypted or not, may result in temporary symptoms of:

  • Confusion
  • Amnesia
  • Headaches/Migraines
  • Heightened levels of visual snow
  • False memories3
  • Prosopagnosia
  • Hallucinations4

All known SCP-4440 instances were found the in possession of Augustus Ehrlich Sr.2 It is unknown if Ehrlich was the creator of SCP-4440 or if he purchased them from a third party. Further investigation into the content of SCP-4440 is ongoing.

Addendum 4440.1 — Transcripts 5

1. The content is replaced with a duplicate of pre-existing diary entries by the same author if mental alignment is not achieved.
2. POI-9873 (deceased). Multiple SCP objects were discovered in his possession upon his death.

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