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Non-anomalous pinball machine of the same model as SCP-XXXX.

Item #: SCP-XXXX

Object Class: Safe
Special Containment Procedures: SCP-XXXX is to be kept unpowered at Site-19 and under a large cloth to prevent accumulation of dust. Experimentation with SCP-XXXX can be cleared at any time by site directors.

Description: SCP-XXXX is a 1984 Williams 'Space Shuttle' pinball machine unit number 99. No other Williams pinball machines of this model are anomalous. SCP-XXXX has a fourteen-segment alphanumeric display inlaid in the backglass with the purpose of showing the player's score. In addition to the standard parts for this model, the cabinet contains four parallel iron plates coated in a thin layer of human neural tissue and fatty acids, three 6 GHz magnetrons, and six parts of unknown origin and function containing heavy metals including tetraethyl lead and cadmium.

SCP-XXXX displays anomalous cognitive effects when a person, hereafter SCP-XXXX-1, plays the pinball machine and reaches a particular score. The effect is extremely dependent on the sequence of flashing lights created by the pinball machine during gameplay and the reflectivity of the pinball- disrupting the lights or using a non-reflective pinball prevent the effect from manifesting. Two scores are known to produce anomalous properties - 163913 and 620700. The score 163913 should not be achievable in standard 'Space Shuttle', as all scores are multiples of 10. In SCP-XXXX, however, the left inlane rollover scores 3003 points while standard models score 3000 points.

After surpassing a score of 163913, SCP-XXXX-1 will deny all narratives presented to them about events on January 28, 1986. If SCP-XXXX-1 was alive on January 28, 1986 they will forget the events of that date. When SCP-XXXX-1 surpasses a score of 620700, they will begin to float as though in a microgravity environment, an effect which lasts for 20 minutes before ending abruptly. Careful acceleration readings demonstrate that they do not accelerate with respect to the Earth's surface when left unperturbed, and the only major gravitational forces acting on SCP-XXXX-1 are those of major astronomical objects. [See Addendum 1]

SCP-XXXX was given as a gift to Abu Rivera, owner of a donut shop in [REDACTED], Florida. The Foundation was only alerted of SCP-XXXX's anomalous properties after Cynthia Lark achieved a score of 620700 within the donut shop which produced the easily detectable 'floating' anomaly.

Interviewed: Cynthia Lark

Interviewer: Dr. Robert

Foreword: Interview on March 3, 1986 with Cynthia Lark, a 17 year old female suffering from the anomalous effects of viewing a score of 163910. Subject was shown a clip of a news broadcast from January 28, 1986.

<Begin Log>

Dr. Robert: This is a news broadcast from Tuesday, January 28th. According to your parent's testimony, you were watching it live.
Cynthia Lark: Are they dead? On that ship?
Dr. Robert: Yes.
Cynthia Lark: And there was a teacher?
Dr. Robert: Yes, Miss Lark.
Cynthia Lark: But we don't send teachers into space, they're not… Good enough, you know?
Dr. Robert: It was mostly for publicity.
Cynthia Lark: I never heard anything… Anything about it.
Dr. Robert: You did. As I said, you were watching it live.
Cynthia Lark: I don't think I was watching any television that day.

<End Log>

Closing Statement: Cynthia Lark was given other statements about January 28th, which were all denied independent of their importance or veracity. Lark was sent home after being administered a Class A amnestic and being made to avoid all press and media about the Space Shuttle Challenger and its explosion on January 28, 1986.

Attempts to trace the origins of SCP-XXXX have repetitively but inconclusively reached various members of the Rogers Commission1, including [REDACTED] and [REDACTED]. Investigative reports of NASA's Research and Development Facility in the year ████ have revealed bulk purchases of pinball machine parts and requests for investigative papers relevant to Project ███████2.

Foundation researchers have concluded that the only memory erasure technology available to NASA involves forcing subjects to watch complicated series of flashing lights for extended periods of time, which pinball machines do during normal operation. To date, NASA has made bulk purchases of parts matching 'Theatre of Magic' (Bally, 1995) 'Addams Family' (Bally, 1992) 'Space Shuttle' (Williams, 1984), 'Demolition Man' (Williams, 1984), and 'Apollo 13' (Sega, 1995). It is believed that these parts are intended to comprise more amnestic pinball machines, which may be placed in major urban centers to reduce the amount of people knowledgeable of the Challenger explosion, the Columbia disintegration, and the recent [REDACTED] disaster in 2014.

Addendum 1: It was later determined that surpassing a score of 620700 produces the previously ascribed effect along with forgetting the entirety of February 1, 2003 - the date of the Columbia disintegration - and again denying any statements made about that date.

Addendum 2: Autopsy of Cynthia Lark

Addendum 3: Cynthia Lark's death occurred on the same date as the disintegration of Columbia and the state of her body is consistent with that of one of the fallen Columbia astronauts, had their bodies been recovered. Links between the death of Cynthia Lark and the disintegration of Columbia are currently being researched and replications of her death are being attempted at a low level of priority.