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Item #: SCP-3322

Object Class: Safe

Special Containment Procedures: Item SCP-3322 is to be kept in a non-transparent lock-box inside the facility it is currently being tested in. While SCP-3322 is not being tested, it is to be kept inside of Warehouse ████. Is only to be removed from storage for testing due to its cognitohazardous properties.

Description: SCP-3322 is a pack of flashcards measuring 152.4 x 70.9 x 9.3 mm. The cards inside all have one word printed on the front side of the card, and on the back of each card there are cartoon pictures depicting the word present on the front. SCP-3322 is believed to be modeled after [REDACTED] flashcards, however has a label on the front of the box that says "For ages 8 and under!" in cartoon lettering, a feature not present on standard [REDACTED] brand flashcards. There are 20 cards in the box, and during testing each card is referred to as SCP-3322-1, SCP-3322-2, up until SCP-3322-20. The number assigned to each card is dependent on what order they were taken out in during testing. The words on SCP-3322-X change whenever they are returned to SCP-3322, however they are always simple words with letter counts ranging from 4-8 characters.

Whenever SCP-3322 is observed by a child of the age 8 or under, no cognitohazardous properties are observed. Cognitohazardous properties become apparent whenever a test subject over the age of 8 years attempts to read the cards. Whenever a subject over the defined age attempts to read the cards, the test subject will report the word on the card being misspelled, or that the word on the card looks unusual. Further testing has discovered that the effect is almost identical to the phenomenon known as "Semantic Satiation" in which repetition causes a word or phrase to temporarily lose meaning for the listener, who then perceives the speech as repeated meaningless sounds.

While "Semantic Satiation" is a temporary effect, SCP-3322 has a more permanent and worsened effect. After being exposed to SCP-3322-X, specifically around the time the effects of "Semantic Satiation" would wear off, subjects over the age of 8 years will permanently lose their ability to read, spell, or say the word(s) they read. While understanding of words is capable through visual and verbal stimuli, subjects will perceive the written word as "random lettering" or "a different language."

Addendum 1A: Researchers had been using Child Subject-██ for reading cards and performing tests. When she reached an age at which she could no longer read the cards, Child Subject-██ was transferred back to Site-██. Researchers assigned to SCP-3322 then started to experiment with using computers to read the cards. They discovered that computers are able to read the words via camera scanner, however this becomes impossible if the CPU inside of the computer was created over 8 years ago, after which the computer will always return an error.

Addendum 1B: Pictures taken of cards can also be viewed and understood, but if the picture becomes older than 8 years, the picture will inherit the properties of SCP-3322-X. All pictures of SCP-3322-X are to be incinerated before they inherit the cognitohazardous properties of SCP-3322-X.

Addendum 2A: Further testing has also revealed that SCP-3322-X's age limit is precise down to the second, specifically 8 years 364 days 23 hours 59 minutes and 59 seconds.

Addendum 3A: Further testing has also revealed that the cards contained in SCP-3322 will always be understandable by the subject. A 4 year old will most often receive words such as "Door" or "Fruit" while a slightly older child may get "Gate" or "Orange". Testing on adults have found words to often have negative connotation with the reader, and words such as "Death" and "Pain" have been recorded on Class-D's with violent pasts.

Addendum 4A: The following test was performed by Dr. Andrews to demonstrate SCP-3322's effects to new researchers assigned to the project.

Interviewed: D-5532

Interviewer: Dr. Andrews

Foreword: Dr. Andrews is located in a chamber adjacent to the testing chamber for SCP-3322, with a single wall with a one way mirror inside the wall. The video feed shows the inside of both rooms, and the transparent side of the mirror appears to be on the inside of SCP-3322's test chamber. D-5532 is a 23 year old man with no violent past, was pulled into testing at a time when few death-row inmates were available. D-5532 has specified he has a very slight fear of zoos.

<Begin Log>

Dr. Andrews: Okay D-5532, testing starts… now. Please open the pack of cards on the table and read them out to me.

*D-5532 opens the pack of cards and places them in a stack on the table. He then looks at the top card and appears puzzled on camera*

D-5532: Hey doc, you know when a word looks weird?

Dr. Andrews: Those are flashcards. What does the card say?

D-5532: It says tiger, but it looks really weird.

*D-5532 appears visually frustrated, Dr. Andrews takes a note on his clipboard.*

Dr. Andrews: What is on the back of the card?

D-5532: It's a tiger, just like the front.

Dr. Andrews: Alright. The next card, please?

D-5532: Its a monkey, again the word looks kinda funky. Huh.

Dr. Andrews: And the back?

D-5532: A monkey, again. Hey… is this spelled right?

Dr. Andrews: Alright D-5532, take the cards and put them under the camera for us to inspect.

*D-5532 takes the cards to the camera and places them underneath the lens, the camera snaps a photo of the cards and physical copies are printed out in the Doctor's room*

Dr. Andrews: Now please return the card to the table, and sit down in the Class-D lounge. We will retrieve you to continue testing in 10 minutes, D-5532.

<End Log>

Closing Statement: Upon return, approximately 12 minutes and 58 seconds after first contact with SCP-3322-1, Subject D-5532 was unable to read the words on SCP-3322-1 and SCP-3322-2. Subject D-5532 insisted that the words on the cards were spelled incorrectly, before insisting that the doctors had switched the cards, and that it was part of the test. The cards were returned to SCP-3322, and D-5532 was [REDACTED].

Addendum 5A: SCP-3322 came to the attention of the Foundation after a news story broke out in ███████, Canada. The story involved a mother who bought the cards for her daughter. The mother seemed to lack all basic vocabulary, and could no longer speak English coherently. The mother was a college graduate who had no history of speaking disabilities. The Foundation immediately pulled the news story from circulation, and administered Class-C amnestics to everyone involved. The following is an interview with the child by Dr. Andrews 3 days after the news story was run.

<Start Log>

Interviewed: The Affected Mother's Child

Interviewer: Dr. Andrews

Foreword: Dr. Andrews has noted that he tried to be extra "friendly" with this interview. He has requested specifically that all personnel involved in the interview be as courteous as possible to the child so as not to scare her. Despite his efforts, the child seemed very nervous throughout the entire interview.

<Begin Log>

Dr. Andrews: Hello. Angela, is it?

Child: Yes…

Dr. Andrews: Well, Angela, could you tell me what happened to your mother?

Child: Well… she bought me these word cards, to help me learn better.

Dr. Andrews: Go on.

Child: She left me alone with them and told me to attempt to read them myself, and that when I was done she would come help me.
Dr. Andrews: Did she come to help you?

Child: Yeah, but when she came she read the cards and she told me they were misspelled. She got angry and called the store and they said they couldn't help her. She went crazy over the cards.

Dr. Andrews: She obsessed over them?

Child: Yeah she kept looking at them, then every day she would put them away and then the next day she would look again to see if they were spelled right…

Dr. Andrews: Do you think that is how she lost her ability to speak?

Child: I don't know really…

Dr. Andrews: Alright, Angela. That will conclude our talk for today, okay?

<End Log>

Closing Statement: After the interview with the child, Dr. Andrews requested the mother be issued Class-C amnestics and put into D-Class personnel circulation. The child was [REDACTED].

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