Dec 16, 2018 1:08 PM
Miranda gets lost in an IKEA
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What a cute skip. She tries writing about it. She does not find herself compelled to write in haikus. She writes in, low priority: I don't haiku about 931.

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The next item, SCP-947 is flagged "infohazard", "memetic" and "Iota-M type". 

The glossary explains that the '-M', when added to the end of a designation, means that amnestics are known to work to combat the effects of the flagged SCP. Similarly, '-N' is added when mnsetics are known to combat the effect. 

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She reads it.

She replies at low priority, Fuck.

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In the original document, the explanation for how Gautam Ramesh created the contagious curse is redacted.

In memetic department's attachment, it is not. 

However, Miranda will find that the explanation does not make any sense. The comments from the memetic department seem to assume that it will, that anyone with a basic understanding of neurology will understand the explanation immediately, without further need for explanation.

But, Miranda's understanding of neurology tells her the explanation is nonsense. Nothing in the explanation contradicts her knowledge of neurology directly, but it runs off in unusual directions, making assumptions that shouldn't be assumptions.  There are leaps of logic that are difficult to follow and are still not justified, even if you follow them. It uses terms like 'memory resonance' and 'magnetic associations' with only the barest nod to explaining what those terms mean. 

Overall, it is two pages of what reads as complete nonsense, with a few actual scientific facts thrown in and not tied to the rest. The memetic departments commentary is completely unhelpful as everyone seems to think the explanation is perfectly clear. 

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At slightly higher priority, This explanation is nonsensical. I took neurology in medical school and half a dozen of these terms are not real, the entire procedure doesn't hold together, premises are introduced without warrant, and the trains of logic do not function according to normal logic. I propose having someone code a simple computer program with all the Aristotelian syllogism forms in it that will generate all validly derivable conclusions from a set of premises and attempting to use that program to compose the equivalent of any of these paragraphs in it, to verify my observation.

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The next SCP is SCP-1059 and is not flagged.

SCP-1059 is a memetic compulsion to hide, censor, or obscure information when communicate with others. The hidden information is chosen seemingly at random and does not depend on the actual importance of the concealed information. The infection is conveyed by reading or discussing infected material.


There is an attached document, showing an example of this containment document that is infected with SCP-1059.

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Huh. How does it appear to differ?

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Random sections of the document are redacted or blacked out. 

For example, SCP-1059 was discovered at the National Security Agency has 'National Security Agency' blacked out. How SCP-1059 spreads is redacted. "They are after to be monitored for signs of relapse" is replaced with "They are to afterwards be [DATA EXPUNGED]". 

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Huh.

She writes in mid-priority inquiring how they can be sure that an outbreak of this isn't responsible for their entire aura of secrecy on some level.

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Responses to her reports begin to come in. 

As far as I can tell, SCP-10000 does not exist. I've had the database send you the response to the query directly.

Researcher Viret

Along with that, comes an automated report. 


The summary data shows:

SCP-10000

Created: August 11, 2013 by Andrea Kovaks, 17:13

Page revisions: 226

Last edit: June 20, 2015 by Andrea Kovaks 22:47

If she chooses to look at the data in more detail, she will see that every single edit was made by Andrea Kovaks. The edits were made every three days by Andrea Kovaks, always after 10 pm. The edits never consisted of anything more than adding or removing a line break after the page's single sentence. 

If she hovers over Andrea Kovaks name, it will inform her that Andrea Kovaks is co-director of the Memetics Department and has clearance level 4. 

 

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She asks if she can get an automated query on who Andrea Kovacs might be and what she might be up to (presuming whoever's reading this can't just remember who that is - actually, even if they can).

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Never heard of the name. I've told the system to send it to you.

Researcher Viret

Another message comes in.

Personnel File: Andrea Kovaks

Inside, there is simply a phone number. 

The file was last edited five minutes ago. 

 

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Miranda reports in that she is dialing a phone number that may belong to something antimemetic and if nobody hears from her in the next few hours probably it ate her.

She uses the house landline, not her new pristine cell.

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"Can you hear me?" a sharp voice asks. It sounds as if the person on the other end of the line is an older woman, possibly one who smokes. 

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"Yes, I can hear you. Are you Andrea Kovaks?"

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"Oh, thank fucking god," the woman says, "Yes I'm Andrea Kovaks. I'm going to ignore the fact that you're obviously some kind of skip for a moment because I don't see that going anywhere productive. But, right now, if you want anyone to keep remembering you exist, you need to send a message saying that it looks like Andrea Kovaks and SCP-10000 aren't real after all. Doesn't matter what explanation you give, data-base altering skip, intern playing a practical joke, you being extremely sleep deprived. But you have to do it now."

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This sounds like reversible advice if it doesn't come with an explanation later. Miranda writes in that she thinks she misread something and is sorry for wasting time on those queries. "Done. What can you tell me about what happened to you and what would have happened to me?"

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"People have forgotten I exist and entirely forget anything that implies my existence. That probably includes you, if you make the case too strongly. I could tell you how I got this way, but then you might be erased too and I'm not going to give up my first chance to communicate with the world that easily."  

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"What do you most urgently need to say?"

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"Fair warning. You can remember me. That doesn't mean you'll survive me telling you."

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"So far I seem to be generalizedly immune to memetics and antimemetics as a class. I don't mean to say I'm certain it'll hold up against anything you could possibly say to me, but if it's worth telling anyone it's probably worth telling me."

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"Someone needs to know, or we're all screwed," she says grimly, "Besides, you're as likely as not to stumble upon it on your own anyway. The antpmemetics department used to be almost ten times the size it is now. The only reason anyone manages to survive is that they've lost access to the data they'd need to deduce what's coming, but if you can see things they can't, you'll figure it out soon enough."

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"Ten times? Are they all like you or just dead?"

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