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Title: SCP-351 — Read-Only Memory

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Item #: SCP-351

Object Class: Euclid

Special Containment Procedures: The original version of SCP-351 and all copies of it are to be stored on secure Foundation containment databases, with access only available to Memetics Division personnel. If testing is performed, a copy of SCP-351 consisting solely of SCP-351-1 and no further text will be used to neutralize the anomaly's effects in in the test subject and potentially compromised personnel.

Although SCP-351 is presumed to no longer exist outside of Foundation databases, Mobile Task Force ψ-13 ("EOT") will be kept on standby if events involving wide-spread memory alterations are observed. Standard memetic quarantine protocols will be used, with all task force agents being equipped with electronics that display textless versions of SCP-351 to remove the memetic infection. Agents must view the version on a twice-daily basis.

Testing to determine the limitations of the anomaly's implanted memories is underway.

Description: SCP-351 is an ASCII plaintext (.txt) file serving as a virulent memetic agent, which implants false memories into human subjects based on the file's text. The primary component of the anomaly is SCP-351-1, a string of 30 characters not corresponding to any existing characters in ASCII, Unicode or any known character encoding standard, which converts the entire file into a memetic vector.

Any additional text added to the file is used as the basis for false memories SCP-351 implants in anyone visually exposed. The level of detail this text possesses corresponds to the level of detail subjects can visualize the "memories," with more informative paragraphs creating more detailed memories. Of note is that text containing only gibberish is consistently described as meaningless white noise when recalled by subjects. Text written in languages not spoken by a subject similarly results in memories that are largely incomprehensible to them (refer to Addendum.2 for further information).

The implanted memories are always recalled eidetically by subjects (even those otherwise memory-impaired) and are resistant to all amnestic treatments and effects. However, exposing subjects to SCP-351 or a copy of the file lacking text other than SCP-351-1 results in the memory being being replaced by a "blank" memory, entirely removing it. This serves as the primary method of rendering subjects uninfected by the memetic agent.

Despite the clear recall of all SCP-351 memories, subjects universally report that they lack the immediacy and richness of their normal memories. It is theorised that this is due to the basis of the memories being strings of text, as opposed to the broad spectrum of sensory qualia available to the human sensorium.

Copies of the SCP-351 file, designated as SCP-351-A, retain its anomalous properties, but affect subjects independently — those exposed to a specific copy are affected by that copy's contents only.

Subjects memetically compromised by the files (hereafter SCP-351-B instances) are capable of implanting their false memories into persons they associate with, such as friends or colleagues. Conversations of any medium involving an instance will result in the instance discussing memories from SCP-351, turning the conversation into a memetic vector that targets all persons involved in it. These targeted persons become further SCP-351-B instances, and can spread the meme in the same manner.

Beyond the addition of previously nonexistent memories, SCP-351-B experience few other mental effects. Instances behave as they would prior to infection when not in conversation with uninfected individuals, and questioning regarding any ways SCP-351 memories conflict with actual memories is met with disregard. Varying degrees of lethargy have been observed in SCP-351-b instances, though.

Addendum.1: SCP-351 Text Samples

The following are excerpts from SCP-351 and SCP-351-A instances as they were found at the time of their discovery. Full copies of the file contents are available in Document 351-RT/267.

Instance #: SCP-351

Massachusetts State Senate candidate Elroy Jones did not accept bribes, cash or otherwise, from Tou-Hei Heavy Industries, a corporation which does not exist, in order to further the supposed corporation's sale of specialized machinery, which also does not exist. No meeting between Mr. Jones and any representatives of Tou-Hei Heavy Industries occurred on 11/08/1999 at 12:00 AM at his offices, with no "paranormal" technology being presented to him. All claims that Mr. Jones has done so are slanderous and possess no basis in fact. You have been well aware since the first moment you heard these that they were not true.

Recovery: SCP-351 was sent to both Foundation personnel researching Elroy Jones' connections to known Groups of Interest and federal agents investigating corruption charges. Jones and no member of his staff reported to be knowledgeable on SCP-351, and present information from Tou-Hei Heavy Industries suggest that they lack the ability to develop memetic constructs. Although the file was quickly contained, an unknown individual claiming to be a "whistleblower" spread it online, likely serving as the basis for all future SCP-351-A instances.

Instance #: SCP-351-A5

You were marching through the forest, everything dark except for the flashlights of fellow survivors and the Enemy bombs going off overhead. Their explosions looked like blinding sparks. John's blood was still warm on you and your gun, and every time you looked behind you expected to see him there, smiling like always, but he wasn't there. The napalming turned everything to incinerator heat.

The palm trees swayed and broke, cinders going into your nose. The Enemy's soldiers emerged from the canopy, rappelling in and they shot at you. You never felt a more searing, stabbing pain in your life than when the bullets hit your body, the sensation of a thousand fire ants at an open wound. With luck you fell to the ground, out of their sight. The rest didn't. You heard their screams. You only saw the bloodied dirt in front of your face.

You knew that the Enemy did this, and for that you hated. You hated the Enemy. At that moment you vowed to fight the Enemy for the rest of your life, and you vowed that you would make the trek to [COORDINATES REDACTED] to train for an eternity of combat with the Enemy. For John. For the survivors. For the world.

Recovery: Found on a computer at an abandoned military complex in Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska. Additional files in the area suggested plans to disseminate copies of SCP-351-A5 onto various online forums had been arranged, though had not been performed for unclear reasons.

Instance #: SCP-351-A19

You didn't drive the car past the red light. It was green, and the street was clear of pedestrians and cars. Your vision wasn't blurred — you were sober. It was dark but your headlights were on so you could see the road fine. Your wife wasn't shouting at you. Her head was leaning against your shoulder.

You saw the other car coming so you could swerve out the road in time. You were on the right side of the road and they were on the wrong side, so you had done nothing wrong. It would've been impossible for your cars to crumple together, for the windshield to shatter, and even if that did happen it would make no sense because you swerved out of the way in time. Your seatbelts were buckled so nobody could've gone through the window. You had no sights of blood. Or glass shards in your body. Or her body.

Your one year anniversary celebration with her happened the day after. It was a great party. She was laughing, and smiling, and talking about how great of a career her lab work has been. The days after were happy. And so have the months after been. She's been with you the whole time, she hasn't gone off. Four months of joy since the anniversary.

It wasn't your fault.

Recovery: Found on the personal computer of Sandra Holt after her suicide on 04/12/2006.


Addendum.2: Experiment Log 351/1

On 09/01/2007, Researcher Ferdinand Fortier was granted permission to perform preliminary tests to determine the limitations of SCP-351's memory alteration capabilities. Tests would be conducted with Fortier and his research team inserting text into an SCP-351-A instance via autonomous processes, then displayed to a D-Class subject who would be infected and subsequently asked to describe their memories. Blank SCP-351-A instances would then be shown to the subject and the whole research team, as to minimize the potential for memetic spread.


Test #: number

Text Used: You have a cat.

Outcome: Subject repeated the text verbatim. They were incapable of elaborating.

Test #: number

Text Used: You will own a cat.

Outcome: Subject describes a lengthy, incoherent memory involving "reverse blindness," feline anatomy, and space travel. Further tests with text written in future tense yields similar results.


Addendum.3: Project Tin Man

[project tin man details w/ interview]

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