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Item #: SCP-3981

Object Class: Euclid

Special Containment Procedures: Confirmed instances of SCP-3981 on public television channels are to be immediately blocked and collected for later analysis by Mobile Task Force 71-Gamma ("Binge Watchers")1. Software designed to automatically detect and block such instances has been installed on several servers used by major television corporations in the United States, but manual review is still necessary due to the imperfect nature of this software. Collected broadcasts must be stored as .MP4 files on authorized USB devices and kept on person until personnel are able to contact a fellow field operative or return to an operating site; loss of these USB devices is cause for immediate project reassignment and, depending on the circumstances, further disciplinary action.

Should an instance of SCP-3981 be publicly televised, containment efforts are to focus on limiting the spread of information relating to the anomaly and destroying any evidence (photographic, video, or otherwise) of SCP-3981. Civilian personnel with confirmed exposure to SCP-3981 must be detained and subjected to thorough investigation, culminating in the use of a Class-B amnestic or higher (at the discretion of the project supervisor). Termination of affected civilians is generally considered to not be necessary, but may be authorized by direct order of O5 Command in the event of a large-scale incident that cannot be otherwise contained. Detained civilian personnel may not be released until they exhibit minimal or no knowledge of SCP-3981 or the SCP Foundation.

In the event Foundation personnel are exposed to SCP-3981, standard containment procedures apply with the following exceptions and addenda:

  • Use of amnestic agents higher than Class-C is disallowed.
  • Termination for any reason is disallowed.
  • Personnel must score no less than 50 points out of 75 on a Foundation Orientation Examination (Type 22-A). A failing score is cause for project reassignment or termination of employment at the project supervisor's discretion.
  • Personnel must perform Procedure 99-A with no fewer than three supervising personnel present (see Addendum II: Procedure 99-A).

Further information regarding the ongoing containment of SCP-3981 is available from the Site-318 reception desk upon request.

REVISION 3-08: By order of O5 Command, use of collected SCP-3981 instances by research personnel is disallowed indefinitely. All testing must receive explicit written consent from the project supervisor and be conducted by research personnel holding a Level 3 security clearance or higher.

Description: SCP-3981 designates an ongoing audiovisual phenomenon primarily manifesting on public television channels throughout the United States (and northern territories of Mexico). Though numerous different variations of SCP-3981 have been documented, its primary form is that of a standard 30 second television ad for an unnamed corporate entity, albeit with significant distortion and potentially esoteric messages. Though SCP-3981 has been continuously broadcasted from an unknown source since 1988, the United States Department of Paranormal Affairs (a subdivision of the Department of Defense) prevented it from manifesting publicly before the Foundation assumed control of containment efforts in 2002. The USDPA possessed a roughly 5-7% failure rate, resulting in roughly 209,000 total civilians becoming exposed to the anomaly.

The effects of SCP-3981 when viewed by a human subject appear to be largely non-critical and focused on the "spread" of the anomaly. Such effects include, but are not limited to:

  • A sudden, unexplained interest in extraterrestrial life or space travel
  • A sudden, unexplained interest in "future" technology (such as anti-gravity and faster-than-light travel)
  • Belief in the existence of intelligent extraterrestrial organisms, even in the absence of evidence
  • Belief in extraterrestrial abduction of human subjects (several high-profile incidents are often cited)
  • In some cases, belief that Homo sapiens are either descended from or hybrids of an unidentified extraterrestrial species
  • In some cases, belief that mankind has been visited by intelligent extraterrestrial life in the past; often, this is correlated or caused by the belief that such an event had a direct impact on the technological, spiritual, or cultural development of mankind

With the exception of amnestics or a cognitive ailment caused by severe mental trauma (such as amnesia), attempts to convince affected subjects that their beliefs are false or misguided invariably fail. If left untreated, the effects of SCP-3981 will progress until the subject's interest in the aforementioned topics becomes their sole focus, often resulting in extensive body modification, self-injury, or ███████████ (see Document 31-B: "Exsanguination In Individuals Exposed to SCP-3981"). SCP-3981 has been correlated, both directly and indirectly, to the formation of numerous cults and religious sects throughout the continental United States and is believed to be the inspiration for "█████ █████", an occult organization responsible for Incident 9915-T (see Addendum III). The exact number of individuals known to be affected by SCP-3981 is unknown, but speculated to be in excess of 10,000 globally.

Addendum I: Case File 3981-01

Researcher's Note: The following case file was revised after Incident 9915-T by order of O5 Command. The original version of this case file can be obtained by contacting me. - Dr. Malcolm

SUBJECT ID: 3981-66154-5CP4

SUBJECT NAME: ROBERTS, KYLE. G (claims to be "Robert Lazar")


HEIGHT: 1.82m

WEIGHT: 69kg

DESCRIPTION: Subject 3981-66154-5CP4 (Kyle G. Roberts) is a Caucasian male, approximately 30-40 years of age with signs of early schizophrenia. Prior to entering Foundation custody, Roberts was a cashier at a fast food chain in Rachael, New Mexico and possessed no education higher than a high school diploma. No spouse, children, or immediate relatives were found by the recovery team. Throughout his detainment, Roberts repeatedly stated his name was "Robert Lazar" and accused Foundation personnel of being "G-Men" dispatched by the United States government, likely in relation to his claims of being a former employee at Groom Lake Air Force Base (colloquially, Area 51). The recovery team was unable to locate any evidence substantiating Roberts' claims; when questioned, Roberts was unable to provide exact dates for his employment and resignation.

Shortly after arriving at Foundation Forward Operating Facility 22-G, Agent Harrison collected Roberts and conducted an interrogation in Observation Room 09. Roberts was belligerent throughout the process, at one point asserting that Harrison was "working with them" and throwing his left shoe at a wall. After he was restrained, the interrogation continued; much of the information provided by Roberts was indecipherable and meaningless, but he was able to comment on the nature of his claims. Roberts stated that he had been present at Groom Lake Air Force Base to reverse engineer an extraterrestrial vehicle, allegedly powered by "Element 115" and operated by two individuals of an unknown genus. Roberts denied that he had physically encountered these individuals, but did state that he had seen them being escorted by security personnel and leaving medical chambers. The interrogation concluded after Roberts was sedated following an attempt to "mind control" Agent Harrison into helping him escape custody.

It is the opinion of all project staff that Roberts' claims are false and he is suffering from paranoid delusions, likely induced by exposure to SCP-3981. Roberts remains in Foundation custody at this time, pending further analysis.

Addendum II: Interview 3981-B

The following is an abridged transcript of an interview with James Fritz, confirmed to have been exposed to SCP-3981 on ██/██/████.

<BEGIN LOG, SKIP TO 00:12:13>

Dr. Williamson: So, just to clarify, you were not present when SCP-3981 was broadcasted, correct?

Fritz: Sorry, what is -

Dr. Williamson: Sorry, my mistake. I'm referring to the commercial you saw.

Fritz: Oh, right, right. Again, that's correct. I was elsewhere in the building.

Dr. Williamson: Where, exactly?

Fritz: First floor lounge, getting a drink. Was talking with Jessica, I think.

Dr. Williamson: If you were not in the broadcast room, how did you see the commercial?

Fritz: That's what I've been trying to tell you for the last 10 goddamn minutes. I didn't see the fucking commercial. I heard it. Somebody up there screwed up and had it blaring over the building's PA system.

Dr. Williamson: You don't find it suspicious that somebody in the broadcast room was playing a commercial over the studio's PA system?

Fritz: The hell are you on about? Of course I find that suspicious. It's incredibly suspicious.

Dr. Williamson: Mr. Fritz, we have you on record saying that not only did you have no knowledge of the commercial's existence, but you also initially claimed that you were in the broadcast room at the time.


Dr. Williamson: Sorry, but could we get back on topic?

Fritz: Look, man. I have no idea who you are or who you work for, but for the last time, I don't know what happened. It hurts to think about it. It's like a blur. So either let me go, or tell me what I'm still doing here, okay?

Dr. Williamson: Let me ask you a question, Mr. Fritz. You said a few minutes ago that you saw several "figures" walk into the elevators from the ground floor. You are now claiming that you were not in the broadcast room or on the ground floor, but you were in the lounge. For the last time, Mr. Fritz, where were you when the commercial was being broadcasted?

Fritz: I…I did see them. They walked past me into the elevators.

Dr. Williamson: Who?

Fritz: I don't know. They were tall. Covered in black. I couldn't even see their faces. They were easily a head taller than Peter.

Dr. Williamson: How tall is he?

Fritz: Around 6'4, I'd say.

Dr. Williamson: So these figures you saw - they'd be around 6'7 or 6'8, yes?

Fritz: That's a fair estimate, yes.

Dr. Williamson: Did you see them after they entered the elevator?

Fritz: No.

Dr. Williamson: But you stated that you were present in the building for the duration of the incident until police arrived. There is one exit from the broadcast room and it leads back to the elevators. We checked, Mr. Fritz. Given that we found no such figures during our investigation and you were detained by the response team, this would mean that they somehow left. How do you explain that?

Fritz: I don't fucking know, alright? I just don't know. Nothing about this makes sense.

Dr. Williamson: Right. Thank you, Mr. Fritz. Somebody will be here shortly to escort you out.


Addendum III: Incident 9915-T


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