Pascal's Box

Item #: SCP-xxxx

Object Class: Safe

Special Containment Procedures: SCP-xxx is to be securely fastened with a leather strap to prevent objects accidentally falling in, and kept in a standard storage locker at Sector-25. Until the investigation of Incident xxx-x has been completed, all testing and use of SCP-xxx has been temporarily suspended.

Description: SCP-xxx is small hollow ornate oak box, shaped similar to a wardrobe, that measures approximately 26cm in height, 19cm in width and 14cm in depth. It is painted pale blue with some substantial chipping, and its insides are painted plain black, also with substantial chipping. SCP-xxx is capable of being damaged, but seems unusually resistant to heat when compared to regular oak samples. On the underside, finely engraved in the wood, are the words "Elanor - coffre-fort".1 Antique experts place its manufacture in the Alsace-Lorraine region sometime during the mid 19th century, but were unable to be more precise.

To date, anything placed inside SCP-xxx has disappeared once the door has been closed and latch secured. After operation, no residue can be found inside box to suggest destruction of contents and no radiation of any kind is detected during operation. The mass of SCP-xxx plus its contents simply reverts to 1.22kg, the regular mass of SCP-xxx, over a very short period of time. Tests on small mammals resulted in no audible sounds from SCP-xxx during its operation to suggest any pain and thermal imaging revealed no agitated movement. To date, no method of recalling objects has been discovered.

Addendum xxx-1 - Acquisition: SCP-xxx was found in ████████ 1942 in western Libya, by British troops of the 7th Armoured Division, in the wreckage of an unidentified German convoy. The German convoy was unremarkable apart from the discovery of SCP-xxx amongst personal effects of Private W██████ F████. Also found was a handwritten note, which can be found in Document xxx/1. His father was a retired German army colonel living in Dorfgastein, Austria, who died in March 1938 following a seizure. He was found in his study clutching a list of objects, none of which were found in his house. Local records show that SCP-xxx was the only thing left to F████ in his father's will. It is presumed that F████'s father took possession of SCP-xxx whilst stationed in Alsace-Lorraine during World War I, though the exact circumstances of his acquisition of it are unclear. Thanks to extensive interviews carried out by the Foundation with locals in Dorfgastein after the end of the war, it was discovered that F████'s parents divorced in April 1937, after which F████'s father became increasingly reclusive. Wehrmacht records show that F████ had been disciplined several times for stealing valuable items from his comrades, which were never recovered.

The properties of SCP-xxx were discovered when it came into the hands of MI-16, after they were alerted by reports from senior officers of "pranks" being played by the men. Agent Rowlins liaised with MI-16 to transfer the box to Foundation control at Sector-25 where proper testing and containment could be undertaken.

Addendum xxx-2 - Incident xxx-x: On █/██/2003, head researcher Dr. Whitebridge, was discovered staring at the inside of SCP-xxx whilst entirely mute. Video logs showed he had been putting various valuable objects into the box for 7 hours and 23 minutes prior to discovery, including his wedding ring, eight cards from his wallet not including his library card, and one antique German dictionary. It is unknown how the dictionary came into Dr. Whitebridge's possession - it was not amongst his logged personal effects or those of any staff at Sector-25. Prior to Incident xxx-x, Dr Whitebridge had been in charge of testing the effects of the box and displayed no psychological problems. His personal logs were examined and showed a general decline in the length and frequency of entries beginning 6 months after his assignation to SCP-xxx. A selection of these can be found in Addendum 4. The only notable incident in Dr Whitebridge's history with the Foundation was during his time working on SCP-████ when he was disciplined regarding a minor argument with a colleague regarding scheduling.

After relocation to a separate facility, Dr. Whitebridge regained speech but only to describe objects that had been disappeared by SCP-xxx, including objects which Dr. Whitebridge could have had no knowledge of before the incident. Class A amnestics were administered but found to have no effect on this ability. Dr. Whitebridge is apparently able to recall all of the objects placed into SCP-xxx for testing by Foundation personnel, as well as all of the objects reported to have been placed into SCP-xxx by British troops prior to the intervention of MI-16. Dr. Whitebridge also seems to have knowledge of all of the items on the list found with F████'s father. A number of objects mentioned by Dr. Whitebridge have not been accounted for in the records: a pair of silk stockings, an object Dr. Whitebridge described as "golden, ancient and dangerous", and a copy of the Magna Carta.2

The object that Dr. Whitebridge talks about most is a diamond bracelet, which Dr. Whitebridge exhibits an extreme obsession of "returning to the collection", without specifying how he intends to do so. When pressed, he insists that he must be released so that he can "find it and hide it", though he makes no attempt to leave detention or harm Foundation personnel. Dr. Whitebridge repeatedly complains that Foundation personnel are "letting them win" without specifying who "they" are. He has been relocated to a secure psychiatric site for evaluation and study in the hope of learning the destination of objects vanished by the box as well as a method of recalling objects that have been disappeared. Recommend psychological screening of all personnel after they have worked with SCP-xxx.