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Item #: SCP-XXXX

Object Class: Safe

Special Containment Procedures: Instances of SCP-XXXX are to be stored and tested within a lead-lined Faraday cage. Level 3 personnel may only enter said cage through a two-door hermetically-sealed airlock that is monitored by at least one member of security staff. Transportation of SCP-XXXX must be carried out in a standard small objects case. Under no circumstances should SCP-XXXX be left in the site-██ mess hall as a "practical joke."

SCP surveillance divisions must carefully screen medical records of dementia patients under 50 years of age. Any correlation between onset/diagnosis and domestic relocation, remodeling, or purchase of kitchen appliances is to be reported to ███████, as this may indicate the presence of SCP-XXXX. Bridal registries that list "Kitchen Timer" or "Egg Timer" have also been a strong indicator for SCP-XXXX. Any occurrences of SCP-XXXX confirmed outside of Foundation facilities are to be discreetly seized and transported to site-███.

Description: SCP-XXXX is a small kitchen egg timer that can be set at any interval between 1 and 60 minutes. Aesthetically, it is completely indistinguishable from the Minute Minder commonly found in kitchens of English-speaking households. This appearance, along with its nature, make SCP-XXXX very difficult to discover unless a victim in contact with this device has reached Stage 3.

Stage 1: When individuals set SCP-XXXX to ring after a selected time, they are considered to be at Stage 1. No change in behavior occurs until the timer has rung. At that moment, Stage 1 subjects will lose all memory of events which occurred after setting the timer. Users often report that their conscious mind leaped to the moment SCP-XXXX begins to ring. Besides this gap in memory, no permanent symptoms appear for Stage 1 subjects.

Outside of Foundation facilities, Stage 1 individuals take very little notice of this memory gap. Users who experience this phenomenon generally do not report a loss of memory and attribute it to a lack of mindfulness or the doorway effect.

Stage 2: If anyone forces the mechanism of SCP-XXXX to turn faster than a normal clock cycle, Stage 1 subjects will reach Stage 2. Through this action, whoever set the timer is permanently "paired" to the device. From then on, anytime SCP-XXXX is set, not only do Stage 1 subjects forget what occurs before the timer *ding*, but paired Stage 2 subjects will also be affected, regardless of their distance or knowledge of the timer being set. At this time, there is no known means of "unpairing" Stage 2 subjects from a device.

If SCP-XXXX is largely left unused, Stage 2 subjects will not notice gaps in their memory, especially if they perform repetitive or familiar tasks when the gap occurs. However, should the timer be used frequently, Stage 2 subjects will recognize the gaps, leading to low confidence in their own understanding of the world and, perhaps, Stage 3.

Stage 3: Should an instance of SCP-XXXX (paired to a Stage 2 subject) be used more than ~20 times a week, the subject will rapidly descend into Stage 3. This state is characterized by aggressive short-term memory loss, dementia, or a numb, child-like mental state. There is no record of a stage 3 victim regressing back to stage 2 or being capable of living a normal life without constant supervision.

Addendum: Through experimentation with Class-D personnel, Dr. ██████ has discovered that SCP-XXXX does not affect Stage 1 or 2 individuals if a barrier blocking radiation and radio-waves is constructed between them. Thus, it is important that instances of SCP-XXXX are only tested from within a normal containment apparatus, as the Foundation has no way of knowing how many individuals have encountered SCP-XXXX and reached Stage 2.

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