(1) This is based on the background of some of Charles Stross' writing, where there is a connection between magic and sufficiently advanced mathematics. Reality: Fermat's Last Theorem was successfully proven in 1995 after being an unsolved problem for over 300 years. SCP idea: The proof is actually a magical incantation; various people have proven it over the years, but horrible things happen to them and they never get to publish the proof. The Foundation is well aware of this and has the real proof locked up as an SCP. In 1995, one of their front organizations (Scientific Community Press) published a fake proof — close, but subtly wrong — to limit the number of people who might independently come up with the real thing.

(2) Remember that paperweight someone wrote that changed documents placed under it? That wasn't so good. But: Suppose these things corrupted ALL communications in, say, a 100m radius. Anything you say, write, type, etc. comes out wrong…and anything you hear or read is misinterpreted. Let's also suppose this is a fine new product of The Factory and these things are all over the place.

(3) A meteor lands, and the radiation it produces is undoing the physical structure of the surrounding area, producing a "chaos zone" where normal physical laws no longer apply. The zone is slowly expanding…

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