Googolplexed: Burning Rubber on the Mind

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Item #: XXXX

Object Class: Euclid

Special Containment Procedures: Access into the containment chamber requires a Level 3 Biological and Environmental Protection Suit composed of non-rubber materials. Five (5) are to be kept within the airlock into SCP-XXXX's containment chamber at all times. Direct access to live specimens is restricted to Level 2 Staff and above. Please consult project director Dr. Conrad with any experimental or investigatory proposals.

Specimens of SCP-XXXX are to be kept within a bog-like habitat which contains plant specimens native to Egypt, Northeastern Africa, and the Mesopotamian area. The bog water must be maintained within a range of eight to ten (8-10) degrees Celsius to slow down SCP-XXXX metabolic rates and reduce food consumption. Air within the containment chamber must have humidity levels above 90% at all times to prevent desiccation of the specimens. The population size of SCP-XXXX ought to be kept below two hundred fifty (250) specimens, but remain large enough to ensure a healthy distribution of specimens along the organism's life cycle.

The population of SCP-XXXX ought to be fed ten (10) kilograms of shredded pieces of GOODYEAR brand tires bi-weekly. If GOODYEAR brand tires become unavailable, they are to be fed twelve (12) kilograms of rubber material weekly.

Note from Doctor Conrad: Yes, they do seem to "enjoy" GOODYEAR brand tire rubbers over all other sources and types of rubber. No, it's not funny. Yes, that's what we're going to feed them at all opportunities. It decreases their need for food intake, and so makes them cheaper to contain. If I catch anyone feeding them a condom again, unused or otherwise, I will have them demoted straight to D Class and cleaning SCP-173's chamber faster than they can blink.

Any statistical increase in car crashes and/or consistent reports of rubber consumption by humans ought to be investigated as sign of a possible wild SCP-XXXX infestation by MTF-Theta-3 "Rubber Maids". Any successfully captured SCP-XXXX specimens may be destroyed or added to the contained population, with the approval of Dr. Conrad.

Steps for SCP-XXXX Specimen Destruction and Disposal:

  1. Completely desiccate specimen(s) using purified sodium chloride
  2. Cut each specimen into at least four (4) pieces of equal size
  3. Incinerate all pieces in a standard Biological Disposal Incinerator unit

Description: SCP-XXXX is an anomalous variation of the Fasciola hepatica, a fluke[1] native to the Middle East and Northeastern Africa.

F. hepatica usually mature to a length of thirty millimeters (30 mm), however, SCP-XXXX have been observed to reach sizes of up to eighty-seven millimeters (87 mm).

In SCP-XXXX, organs are not suspended by parenchyma[2], but instead by an internal lattice work composed of styrene-butadiene rubber diffused with silicate particles. While appearing to act functionally identical to non-anomalous parenchyma, it is currently unknown how this non-biological structure may transmit nerve signals. SCP-XXXX also contains two anomalous organs; one which breaks down polybutadiene rubber into styrene-butadiene rubber, and one which produces ghrelin[3].

Wild F. hepatica begin life as eggs, either within the parent's host or on the nearby plants and thick surface scum of a dense bog. Eggs within a host will hatch upon the host's death and escape into a nearby bog environment. Adolescent F. hepatica, upon consumption by sheep, goats, pigs, cows, other typical grazing farm animals, or humans, enter into the animal host's stomach and make their way through the bloodstream into capillaries and bile ducts. From there, the now adult F. hepatica attach their suckers to the tissues of the host and begin to feed.

All development stages of SCP-XXXX prior to entering the host's bloodstream are identical to that of F. hepatica. Once SCP-XXXX enters the the bloodstream, it will head towards the host's brain instead of capillaries or bile ducts. The suckers of SCP-XXXX are sharper than those of a F. hepatica, and assist in the penetration through the blood brain barrier.

SCP-XXXX then begins to burrow into the temporal lobe from below, targeting the host's hypothalamus, but moving slowly enough that no major damage is dealt to the surrounding tissue. It is believed that the specimen also secretes a biodegradable lubricant to assist in the burrowing, however samples have not yet been collected, and further attempts at extraction are under review.

If the host is any species besides Homo Sapien, SCP-XXXX will reject it. Host rejection occurs upon SCP-XXXX's arrival to the hypothalamus, and results in a spontaneous shift in burrowing behavior. SCP-XXXX becomes agitated, which results in accelerated and destructive burrowing through the hypothalamus, followed by the thalamus, corpus callosum (if present), midbrain (if present), pons (if present), cerebellum, and medulla (if present). This causes structural collapse of the host's brain tissue, immediately resulting in the total cessation of vital life functions and complete brain death.

If the host is H. Sapien, SCP-XXXX will attach two suckers, precisely ten millimeters (10 mm) apart, onto the surface of the hypothalamus. One sucker will begin to slowly extract nutrients, while the other injects waste products and ghrelin. No immediate symptoms are observable, excepting a slight inflammation of the hypothalamus which has no effect on the host or host's behavior.

Progression of SCP-XXXX Infection

Duration of SCP-XXXX Attachment Physiological Effects Psychological Effects
0-12 Hours Continuous salivation begins N/A
12-72 Hours Salivation continues, Stomach acidity approaches 1 pH, Stomach diameter expands 5.08 cm Host reports consistent hunger (despite food intake)
3-7 Days Salivation continues, Stomach begins to develop ulcers, Notable shrinkage of host's frontal lobe (5-8% shrinkage by volume) and parietal lobe (12-18% shrinkage by volume) Host reports extreme hunger (despite food intake), Host begins to develop interest in automobile maintenance and racing, Host begins to lose reasoning and pattern recognition skills (15-20 IQ Point loss), Host's grammatical ability degenerates (USA average 5th grade speaking level)
7-10 Days Salivation continues, Stomach ulcers become severe and cover a majority of the stomach lining, extreme shrinkage of host's frontal lobe (29-38% shrinkage by volume) and parietal lobe (52-60% shrinkage by volume), Inflamed hypothalamus (15% growth by volume), Reduced white blood cell count (~2,000 WBC), Teeth enamel thickens whilst molars and incisors sharpen, Rate of respiration rises (30 breaths per minute) Ability to assess the host's psychological health fails, Host loses most conscious thinking ability (intelligence estimated at ~45 IQ Points), host speaks in one or two word sentence fragments; specifically focusing on hunger, chewing, running, speed, cars/trucks, racecars, car/truck tires, spare tires, rubber, rubber gloves, rubber racing gloves, fire, burning, heat, and escaping containment
10+ Days cell-content cell-content
Bibliography
1. Parasitic leaf-shaped flatworms.
2. Specialized connective tissue which helps coordinate the flow of nerve signals and nutrients between organs.
3. A peptide hormone which increases hunger, increases the production of stomach acids, signals the stretching of the stomach, and enables dopamine-based reward cognition.