SCP-3178
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Item #: SCP-3178

Object Class: Safe

Special Containment Procedures: All known instances of SCP-3178 are to be stored in the standard crates provided in Sector-457 of Site-77. SCP-3178 instances are not to be removed from the crates without the authorisation from a Level 3 researcher. The opening of SCP-3178 packets is to strictly be in a secured standard humanoid containment unit within a different building from which tests of SCP-3178 are conducted.

Personnel performing laboratory testing of SCP-3178 are required to wear a hazmat suit equipped with a self-contained breathing apparatus. Non-laboratory testing is to be performed on D-class personnel. Relating to Incident 3178-F, all test subjects are to be restricted of movement when escorted. Researchers are advised to leave their wallets outside their testing area when testing SCP-3178.

Description: SCP-3178 is seasoning which consists of the composition normally found in factory-made monosodium glutamate with the addition of an unidentified substance. SCP-3178 instances are found consistently 2,700 mg per 4x4cm packets in the 12x16cm packaging of ███████ instant noodles, specifically with the flavour of ███████ brand potato chips. There are no records stating that the respective manufacturing companies have collaborated in the past. At present, the Foundation is in possession of 18,010 instances of SCP-3178.

The main anomalous effects of SCP-3178 manifests when it is ingested. During consumption, individuals will experience intense euphoria from the balanced flavour of SCP-3178. Test subjects report feeling hungrier the more intense the amount of SCP-3178 are added to the food. Approximately one hour after ingestion, the consumer will experience fatigue, light-headedness, and balding of the eyebrows. When deprived of SCP-3178, individuals will experience an anomalous withdrawal symptom designated as SCP-3178-2. Refer to test logs for further information.

Continued consumption of SCP-3178 leads to the steady decrease of the consumer’s intelligence. Further studies reveal that SCP-3178 consumers lose the part of the brain essential to the sense of individuality, creativity, and critical thinking. The loss of these crucial pieces of the mind leaves the consumer extremely susceptible to herd mentality and manipulation. Long-term consumers of SCP-3178 are unable to question nor deny any given information despite how unlikely it is to be true.

Testing reveals that consumers of SCP-3178 report on being able to perceive small humanoids designated as SCP-3178-1. The entities are described to have the anatomical structure of a malnourished toddler with facial creases. SCP-3178-1 is able to physically affect its surrounding, proving that its existence is not a hallucination induced by SCP-3178. SCP-3178-1 instances are reported to be able to hide in and travel through gaps as little as 3 cm wide without difficulty. If SCP-3178-1 travels or hides in a smaller gap, the object will tumble or collapse depending on the balance.

Due to the loyalty of SCP-3178-1 instances to consumers of SCP-3178 and its tendency to take personal belongings (as observed in the Incident 3178-C), Doctor Schroder theorises that the role of SCP-3178-1 is to gather enough wherewithal for the purchase of SCP-3178. As of present, it is confirmed that a manifestations of SCP-3178-1 occurs the same time as a packet of SCP-3178 is opened. The capture of loose SCP-3178-1 instances is currently pending until research concerning alternative methods of perceiving SCP-3178-1 is concluded.

Recovery: SCP-3178 was first recovered in the pantry of █████ B███████, then minister of education of █████████. The product was traced to a chain mini market within the slum of the city which Minister B███████ resides in. Many incidents involving SCP-3178 have occurred for ██ years, according to local residents of the slum. However, the socioeconomic circumstance of the area had kept the instances of SCP-3178 and its victims under the radar.

The issue was brought to the surface in January 2017 when government officials noticed Minister B███████ behaving irrationally during a nationwide broadcasted campaign. It was then discovered that he had been consuming several amounts of the product which contains SCP-3178. All confiscated instances of SCP-3178 were exclusively found and extracted within the slums in the cities of █████████ and cannot be traced back further than the chain retail shop in which the product is sold in. Attempts to trace the product’s source of manufacture have been linked to three cases of unexplained deaths of Foundation researchers.

Incident 3178-C: On ██/██/2017, belongings of two personnels had gone missing and were found in the possession of test subject D-3482-53. D-3482-53 reported four instances of SCP-3178-1 closely following behind during an escorted excursion to the lavatory. When D-3482-53 was left alone inside the cubicle, two instances of SCP-3178-1 handed him the previously missing wallets of Captain ████ and Doctor Schroder, the lead researcher at the time. The wallets were returned to the respective owners without further incident. D-3482-53 noted that the instances of SCP-3178-1 were not happy about the return but did not engage in hostility.

Incident 3178-F: On ██/██/2017 D-5837-3, a test subject purposely deprived of SCP-3178, expired due to poisoning. During an escort to a testing chamber, a janitorial personnel accidentally dropped a small dose of █████ cleaning powder. 68 hours since her initial consumption of SCP-3178, D-5837-3 could not resist to ingest the powder off the floor. Security personnels were too late to recover D-5837-3 as she had already died due to the powder’s high toxicity level.

ADDENDUM
On ██/██/2017 during Experiment 3178-01.09, Doctor Sanchez reported seeing a creature matching the description of SCP-3178-1 when he passed by the SCP-3178 testing chambers while testing was in progress.

Doctor Sanchez notably had his eyebrows singed off during an incident involving SCP-████. Investigation on the relation between these two incidents is currently on-going.

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