SCP-3322
rating: +2+x

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 possible 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. Miles to demonstrate SCP-3322's effects to new researchers assigned to the project.

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. Miles 3 days after the news story was run.

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