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SCP-XXXX with its cover closed

Item #: SCP-XXXX

Object Class: Safe

Special Containment Procedures: SCP-XXXX is to be strapped shut with three (3) industrial elastic cords and sealed within a box. SCP-XXXX may not be opened for more than nine (9) minutes at a time under any circumstances. During testing, SCP-XXXX should be opened and closed via a remote device operated by personnel situated at least 20 meters from SCP-XXXX. The device is to run on a power supply separate from that of the facility. Subjects heavily affected by SCP-XXXX, to the point where long-term survival is not feasible, may be euthanized on request (if still able to vocalize) or by the judgment of supervising personnel.

Description: SCP-XXXX is a copy of "Palindromania!", a comic book based around palindromes1 by American author Jon Agee. Physically, the object is indistinguishable from any other copy of the 2002 publication of the book. Upon opening the object to any page, SCP-XXXX will begin fabricating spatial phenomena in a two (2) meter radius around it. This affected area doubles in size once every three minutes. Solid objects do not impede the broadening effect.

Individuals within the radius of effect that SCP-XXXX projects report difficulty in willingly approaching SCP-XXXX or leaving the radius of effect, and are mentally and physically altered, with the results magnifying the longer one is exposed2. Removal from SCP-XXXX's area of effect at this time will have affected subjects recovered without any lasting effects from exposure. After approximately seven minutes of continuous exposure, living beings will become subject to a "mirroring" effect, duplicating one half of their mass and appearance over the other half on a random axis, essentially creating a "physical palindrome", both internally and externally.

This leaves most subjects exposed for this duration in a permanent state of extreme mental and physical trauma, if not outright killed. Closing SCP-XXXX from cover to cover causes this phenomena to cease instantaneously. Upon re-opening SCP-XXXX, its area of effect will be reduced to the original 2-meter radius. Individuals re-exposed to SCP-XXXX will continue to alter from their previous point of exposure.