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Item #: SCP-XXXX

Object Class: Euclid

Special Containment Procedures: Carriers of SCP-XXXX are to be contained in Standard Humanoid Containment cells, and should only be directly interacted with by personnel scoring a 75 or higher on the Cognitive Resistance Scale.

No further containment procedures are necessary.

Description: SCP-XXXX is an autosomal dominant genetic condition1 that causes any hair growing from the head of individuals carrying the gene2 to become a visual cognitohazard.

Individuals viewing a Carrier will perceive any hair on their heads to instead be an animated mass of plants or animals, the most commonly reported case being a variety of snake but with other common responses including seaweed, earthworms, plant vines or eels. Depending on the cultural awareness of exposed individuals, elements from popular fantasy or science fiction works are also commonly seen. This effect does not translate through video, making video recordings of Carriers safe for viewing.

A person exposed to the effect of a Carrier will begin to undergo a process in which masses of granite will begin to form within their body, starting in the extremities and spreading to the torso and head. These masses will continue to grow in irregular shapes, displacing local muscle and bone, until they erupt from the skin. This process typically results in significant damage to the limbs before becoming fatal when vital organs are damaged, at which point the growth stops. The time taken by this process is highly variable, with fatality taking anywhere between four minutes and 23 days. No method of stopping this process once it has started has been found.

Negative responses to SCP-XXXX exposure can be avoided entirely with a significant level of belief by an individual that they will be unaffected; testing has shown that a score of 75 or higher on the Cognitive Resistance Scale along with a full briefing regarding the effects of SCP-XXXX is sufficient to protect against its effects, suggesting that the process is some form of anomalous psychosomatic response. This does not prevent the visual perception aspect of the anomaly from being present.

SCP-XXXX-83 is a 47 year old human female of Hellenic descent, and the sole surviving life-form known to carry SCP-XXXX. Containment of SCP-XXXX-83 is eased by the fact that it was born in Foundation custody and has known no life outside of its containment. All other Carriers previously contained by the Foundation have since died of various natural causes.