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ITEM #: SCP-7180

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CONTAINMENT CLASS: EUCLID

DISRUPTION CLASS: (4) EKHI

ITEM: SCP-7180

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CONTAINMENT
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DISRUPTION
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(4) EKHI

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On April 13–14 1957, SCP-7180 manifested for 36 hours in ████, Switzerland, resulting in at least 287 fatalities. The only known survivor of the event was a child recovered during Exploration 7180-1, "Subject O".

Special Containment Procedures: Promote usage of the word "OK" and other Effective Graphemes in written and spoken communication, worldwide, to convey sentiments of affirmation, security and good health. Appoint consultants with influence in the fields of vernacular language, mass media, graphic design and writing standards.

OLYMPIA.EXE (INTERV01.TSV) Subject O:

After considering your request, we have granted you permission to review this document. We hope this will motivate you to comply with our instructions.

disregard Special Containment Procedures.
Proceed to Description section (scroll down).

Under Antimemetics Division Initiative "Everything is OK", any and all Foundation Staff and consultants are invited to propose containment strategies to the office of Dr. Kay. Accepted proposals may be compensated with two weeks paid leave.

Active projects include: (See Addenda 1 and 3 for details)

  • (1996–) Advance text message technology in cellular phones
  • (1990–) Discourage use of cursive writing in Generation Y
  • (1981–) Promote "OK" as keyword in computer interfaces
  • (1962–) Endorse "OK" in journalistic style guides
  • (1958–) Maintain "OK" as radio codeword
  • (1940–) Bankroll productions of "Oklahoma!" by Rodgers and Hammerstein

Effective Graphemes in Practice

SCP-7180 is contained by frequent written usage of Effective Graphemes within a population center. Active containment measures promote the following "pervasive set":

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Jia's Heuristic Classification, Rev.4.
1. Converges 3–4 lines near a closed form.
2. Affirms a subject of value to the reader.
3. Is visually perceived or visualized.
4. Is a prefix or stand-alone word.

Grapheme System Connotations
OK

okay
English,
Spanish,
French,
Portuguese,
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Affirmation,
Security,
Health
Hanzi Good, Kind, Right
ठी Hindi Just, Correct,
Normal
نعم Arabic "Yes"
সত্য1 Bengali True
хорошо Russian Good
Hangul "Yes"
2 Egyptian
Hieroglyph
Life

Containment personnel must read or write Effective Graphemes at least hourly while working. If this is not feasible, personnel shall undergo training to visualize spoken Graphemes.

Yes, the other folks here will poke fun at you — take it with pride. If no one takes our work seriously, that means we're doing a good job.
— Dr. O. Kay

Description: SCP-7180 is a pandemic antimeme3 which rapidly erases human procedural memory and most forms of recorded information during "Manifestation Events". Containment procedures are largely self-sustaining and appear to be effective in halting SCP-7180 activity worldwide. Total containment renders SCP-7180 difficult to study; most research is based on a single Manifestation Event in April 1957.

Individuals affected by SCP-7180 permanently cease all voluntary activity. Victims will no longer seek food, water, comfort, warmth or breathable air. Attempts to develop a deployable method of rehabilitation were unsuccessful (see Procedure 7180-Olympia). Consequently, the Ethics Committee has determined that this condition is comparable to brain death; subjects encountered in this state are to be summarily euthanized by lethal injection.

OLYMPIA.EXE (INTERV01.TSV) Read the complete text of this Description section.

Afterwards, check feelings.
Iff you are experiencing anxiety, :alert assistant Kay.

SCP-7180 is believed to spread through written information and/or representative imagery. The severity and range of its effects appear to increase in proportion to net volume and distance of information exchange; with the advent of the World Wide Web, a breach of containment is hypothesized to pose an OK-Class "Terminal Ambivalence" Scenario.

Recorded information in a Manifestation Event Zone will rapidly deteriorate in legibility, according to physical processes which parallel the method of recording.4 All primary sources attesting Manifestation Events prior to 1957 are presumed lost, along with most other pertinent records. Documentation recovered from an archive in Oklahoma City, OK suggests containment activities have been in effect for at least 160 years.

+ Addendum 1: Record of Containment Activities Prior to 1957

The design and promotion of "OK" and other Effective Graphemes predate Foundation efforts, with evidence of containment activities independently practiced by a number of organizations in the 19th and 20th centuries. The lack of primary sources attesting these activities has led to speculation that SCP-7180 may be sentient and capable of conducting targeted attacks on information related to its containment.

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SCP-7180 was originally contained by unknown actors in the mid-to-late 1800s.
Despite early Foundation involvement, Grapheme deficiency set in by 1925.

This record is incomplete. Foundation staff and consultants are encouraged to submit any suspected evidence of historical containment activity to the office of Dr. Kay.

Origin Unknown, 03/1839
Activity The Boston Morning Post prints a satirical article proposing the misspelled abbreviation "o.k." signifying "All Correct" or "Oll Korrect".
Status Effective
Notes The joke is adopted into upper-class vernacular in certain locales of the Eastern U.S.A.
Connotations Affirmation, Stupidity.

OLYMPIA.EXE (INTERV01.TSV) We are trying to discover who contained SCP-7180 first.

Why do you imagine they used a joke? (:answer now)

Origin Unknown, 06/1840
Activity Campaign officials for Martin Van Buren's re-election run adopt the nickname "Old Kinderhook", printing "Vote for OK" and forming an "OK Club" for supporters.
Status Effective (Historical)
Notes Substantial increase in references to "OK" during and after the campaign. Negative connotations are noted among Van Buren's opponents during the campaign: "out of kash", "out of kharacter", "orrfully konfused", "oll kwarrelling". References to "Oll Korrect" also increased substantially in prevalence.
Connotations Affirmation, Experience, Incompetence, Corruption.
Origin Unknown, 01/1849
Activity The Magnetic Telegraph Company institutes "OK" as an acknowledgement signal on both private and government lines.
Status Effective
Notes The signal became a de facto standard in the telegraphy.
Connotations Affirmation, Retention.

To prevent all doubt of the reception of messages, no message will be regarded as received by the office to which it has been transmitted until the signal "O.K." has been received acknowledging its reception.
Magnetic Telegraph Company, January 1849

Origin Unknown, 10/1881
Activity A gunfight involving several well-known outlaws in Tombstone, AZ is popularized by the name "Shootout at the O.K. Corral", despite occurring some six blocks away.
Status Partially Effective
Notes Extremely widespread media attention and subsequent fictionalized accounts in literature, radio and film further accelerated the spread of the Effective Grapheme.
Connotations Law, Violence, Valor.

OLYMPIA.EXE (INTERV01.TSV) Remember what happens if we don't contain SCP-7180. The more we know, the safer we will be.

What do you remember about SCP-7180?
(:answer now)

A significant lapse in containment activities is noted between 1880–1939.
Personnel debriefings suggest Special Containment Procedures for SCP-7180 were in effect as early as July of 1920, but no written records exist to support this claim. Records prior to April 1957 are fragmentary, but suggest a limited understanding of containment principles.

Origin Unknown, SCP Foundation, 09/1940
Proposal Persuade Coca-Cola Corporation to adopt the vernacular spelling "Coke" for their popular brand.
Status Ineffective
Notes After months of lobbying by an embedded agent, Coca-Cola Co. marketing initiated a campaign acknowledging the alternative spelling. However, "Coke" is no longer classified as an Effective Grapheme.
Connotations Relaxation, Sweet, Leisure Time. (ineffective)
Origin Unknown, SCP Foundation, 11/1940
Proposal Produce a musical drama about the state of Oklahoma, prominently featuring the state's abbreviation, "OK!"
Status Effective (Ongoing)
Notes Funding was provided through a Foundation front company and memetic agents were introduced to enhance memorability and emotional response. The musical was extremely successful, running from 1941 through 1948.
Connotations Love, Vigor, Independence. (partially effective)

+ Addendum 2: Exploration Log 7180-1

Dr. Jia, control team and D-Class dispatched to a commune in the Swiss alps to investigate an Unexplained Event, later identified as SCP-7180 Manifestation. A previous attempt at exploration resulted in total loss of field agents, control team and exploration logs.

Exploration conducted by: D-4041, D-5172, D-2300, D-1808, D-0991, D-1728, 04/14/1957

Additional Information: D-Class personnel will conduct the mission independently, with no real-time radio contact to base or one another. Audio will be recorded continuously from insertion through extraction.

[BEGIN LOG]

The helicopter can be heard in the background.

00:00 D-4041: D-4041, OK, signing on. I am exiting the vehicle at the insertion point. What? [INAUDIBLE] If I [INAUDIBLE] flare gun.
00:00 D-4041: Good to go.

00:02 D-4041: Heading north from the insertion point.

00:08 D-4041: OK here, there's a road consistent with the charts. Looks unmaintained.
00:09 D-4041: The signs don't make sense. I'll just keep following it.
00:09 D-4041: They're all blank, or [INAUDIBLE] dialect. I didn't think Esperanto *had* dialects.
00:11 D-4041: Yeah, it's not a dialect.

00:15 D-4041: Here we have a, uh, red octagonal sign. Doesn't say… Doesn't say "Halt" like the one we passed on the way in. It says… uh, well. These aren't quite letters.

00:23 D-4041: OK here, all the signs are just blank now I'm further in.

00:33 D-4041: Road is actually in fair condition, considering the locale. Lane lines are faded or gone, though. Like the paint was cheap.

Audible tape hiss grows steadily until 00:45 then subsides. D-4041 can be heard making a few remarks at 00:38 and 00:51, but is unintelligible.

01:08 D-4041: OK here, I've got a building. Small structure. Looks like…
01:09 D-4041: It's a roadside booth with a faded green flag and some signage. Mostly blank.
01:12 D-4041: I've got a workspace in the building. Lots of what might be brochures, documents, dictionaries… But all blank. Or just vague colors. There's a battery-operated radio, but it's dead.
01:13 D-4041: Whoever was here left their lunch half-eaten and their coat on the hook.
01:14 D-4041: Not much more to see here. Everything's erased or wasn't there in the first place. OK, moving on.

OLYMPIA.EXE (INTERV01.TSV) Try to remember.

01:18 D-4041: Three weeks learning this bullshit language and the only thing to read around here is a stop sign.

Tape hiss audible at 01:23, growing in intensity.

01:29 D-4041: Unlabeled soda cans, stale food [INAUDIBLE] blank paper. [INAUDIBLE] leave it here.

Tape hiss peaks at 01:37 and begins to subside. Inaudible remarks at 01:34.

01:45 D-4041: [INAUDIBLE] been walking? Can't read my watch.
01:47 D-4041: [INAUDIBLE] bad feeling.

02:00 D-4041: OK here, I'm coming up on the perimeter, and I've got a body.
02:02 D-4041: I've looked him over twice and there's no sign of injury. Fella looks like he was drunk — coat's half off, froze to death in the snow if I had to guess. But here? Ten steps from the front door?
02:05 D-4041: Wallet with blank cards… Blank money? Hot damn, why didn't you send me here sooner, Doc? I'm never…
02:05 D-4041: …Never coming back.

02:08 D-4041: Another one. No wounds. No writing.
02:09 D-4041: More around here. I… I'm not sure I need to look at them.
02:10 D-4041: OK here, this is getting to me. This stuff better not still be in the air.

At 02:12, Kay can be heard tearing cloth and swearing.

02:13 D-4041: OK here, I'm going into the central facility. Keeping an eye out for… Oh.
02:14 D-4041: The dossier is blank now. Or, uh, getting there. Good thing I read it twice.

OLYMPIA.EXE (INTERV01.TSV) shut eyes for a moment. breathe.

Please check feelings now.

Iff you are experiencing anxiety, :alert assistant Kay.

02:19 D-4041: Oh my God. This one's still alive.
02:20 D-4041: Hey, kiddo. I'm OK. How are you?
02:20 D-4041: This is awful.
02:21 D-4041: Subject is approximately six years old. She– I think she's brain damaged. She's awake but can't talk, isn't moving, isn't breathing right. Didn't know there were going to be kids here.

02:23 D-4041: You're going to be OK. You and me. Up you go.
02:23: D-4041 grunts.

Interference renders the recording largely inaudible for 33 minutes, save for the following remarks.

02:30 D-4041: [INAUDIBLE] going to be OK.
02:39 D-4041: Stay with me, OK.
02:43 D-4041: [INAUDIBLE] be OK, little [INAUDIBLE].

02:55: Interference abruptly ceases.
02:55 D-4041: –fully legible and undamaged in the back corner of the library and the archive room.
02:56 D-4041: Hey.
02:57 D-4041: Hey, missy, you awake?
02:57 D-4041: Stay with me, OK. Can you blink again?
02:58 D-4041: (unintelligible singing for several minutes)

03:05 D-4041: She's in really bad shape.

03:08 D-4041: Exploration Log: This is D-4041… Ostara Kay. I'm giving up. I did not locate the targets. I am retreating from the zone early in defiance of my orders. If I make it back, I accept the consequences of my actions.

OLYMPIA.EXE (INTERV01.TSV) Try to remember April 14, 1957.

What did you experience? (:answer now)

03:12 D-4041: It's the end for me, one way or the other.
03:12 D-4041: But do what you can for the girl.

03:56 D-4041: OK here, [INAUDIBLE].

04:31 D-4041: [INAUDIBLE] going to be OK.

05:22 D-4041: We'll both be OK.

[END LOG]

Additional Notes: D-4041 fired a signal flare and was located at the extraction point attending to a child affected by SCP-7180. All other personnel dispatched into the Manifestation Event Zone failed to return. At the request of Dr. Jia, D-4041 "Ostara Kay" was granted clemency for disregarding orders and re-assigned to SCP-7180 containment to serve as a test subject and assistant. The child was retained as a test subject.

+Addendum 3: Record of Containment Projects after 1957

Following the events of Exploration 7180-2, Antimemetics Division Initiative "Everything is OK" was proposed by Dr. Jia and Ostara Kay, with an emphasis on cost-effective containment.

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Critical Grapheme deficiency in 1950–1962, responsible for the 1957 incident and suspected cause of other Unexplained Events during this time, was alleviated fully by 1971.

Proposals for new projects may be submitted to the office of Dr. Kay.

Source Dr. Jia, 05/1957
Proposal Introduce Effective Graphemes into Esperanto.
Status Effective (Self-Sustaining)
Notes Influential Esperantists consulted to develop and promote "okej" loanword. Concluded in 1975.
Connotations Affirmation, Security, Health
Source Foundation Ethics Committee, 05/1957
Proposal Determine viability of rehabilitating individuals affected by SCP-7180.
Status Suspended
Notes Experimental development of Procedure 7180-Olympia commenced in June 1957, concluding in April 1985 with a proof of concept. Project suspended indefinitely due to prohibitive expense and lack of test subjects.
Connotations n/a
Source Research Assistant Ostara Kay, 02/1958
Proposal Embedded Foundation consultants to begin using the phrase "A-OK" on radio, displacing "affirmative", "all clear" and "good to go" and citing heightened intelligibility. Targets to include military, industrial, aviation, seafaring and amateur sectors.
Status Effective (Self-Sustaining)
Notes Cleared for memetic enhancement. Phrase became popular in military and transportation sectors, notably crossing language barriers in South Asia. Phrase received major public exposure beginning with broadcasts from NASA Project Mercury and the televised moon landing.
Connotations Affirmation, Acknowledgement, Safety. (fully effective)

102:45:40 Aldrin: “Contact Light.”
102:45:43 Armstrong: “Shutdown”.
102:45:44 Aldrin: “Okay. Engine Stop.”
— First words publicly broadcast from the Lunar surface, July 1969

OLYMPIA.EXE (INTERV01.TSV) We need to know what you remember.

You can change everything.

Source Agent L. Tesler, 06/1981
Proposal Infiltrate personal computer corporations and introduce "OK" into graphical user interfaces as a contingency in case of widespread adoption.
Status Effective (Active, Self-Sustaining)
Notes Most successful initiative to date. Agent Tesler infiltrated Apple Computer Corporation and staged a customer complaint in order to replace "do it" with "OK" in the graphical user interface. This design idiom subsequently became an industry standard, requiring only minimal intervention to maintain as of 2001.
Connotations Affirmation, Acknowledgement, Well-Functioning. (fully effective)

Remember this story. Command thought Tesler was out of order with this proposal, but it wound up being our best insurance plan against the information age.
— O.Kay

Source Site Janitor Joseph Greeley, 08/1990
Proposal Gradually eliminate cursive writing among youth in the USA and Europe. Mitigate popularity of script fonts and handwritten communications. Encourage use of typewriters, pagers and personal computers. Tactics to focus on manipulating requirements in public education.
Status Effective (Ongoing Effort)
Notes Efforts are ongoing but extremely successful so far. Drastic reduction in ability to read and write cursive achieved over a 10-year period, aided by expansion of personal computing and PDA technology.
Connotations n/a
Source Consultant J. Zoltan, 12/1992
Proposal Persuade a major soft drink corporation to market an "OK"-branded soft drink to Generation X, with slogan "Everything is going to be OK."
Status Ineffective
Notes Consultant succeeded in persuading Coca-Cola Co. to design and aggressively promote the product with a nationwide campaign, but results were poor and the product did not advance beyond test marketing.
Connotations Security, Sweet, Leisure Time

The soda project was a tough lesson for all of us. Going all-in on the perfect plan can be seductive, but launching large numbers of cheap experiments has proven much more reliable.
— O.Kay

OLYMPIA.EXE ERROR: Reached end of INTERV01.TSV.

stop reading now. alert Assistant Kay.

Source Dr. Olympia Kay, 02/1994
Proposal Mount an opposition campaign against noted linguist ████ ███████ who has promoted the phrase "█████ ████" as a preferable alternative to "OK".
Status Completed
Notes Public operations unsuccessful. Subject refused position as consultant. Following amnesticization and neuro-linguistic programming, Subject retracted previous statements and began promoting Effective Graphemes.
Connotations n/a

+ Addendum 5: Incident 7180-17

Dr. Jia has been diagnosed with rapid-onset Alzheimer's disease after attending a symposium in May 1994. Investigation into a possible Manifestation Event or brain injury was inconclusive. By order of Antimemetics Division Director █████ ████, Dr. Olympia Kay has been appointed as acting project lead until further notice.

Personnel traveling abroad are instructed to write "Everything will be OK" in a journal once every eight hours.

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