Iris Murtle

Measuring the Universe

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Object Class: Safe

Special Containment Procedures: When not in use, _ is to be kept in a standard containment locker or secured in the custody of a Level 2 Researcher or higher. _ is not to be used without approval of a Level 3 Researcher or higher due to its history of misuse.

Description: _ is a black unmarked tape measure appearing to be made of standard black hard plastic with a green measuring strip appearing to be made of standard metals. When dispensing the tape, the scales are given in metric along the right side and US customary units on the left side as seen from the front of the measure. The length of the tape never exceeds the height of the person holding it, and the units measurement always end at eye level. The unit markers start with inches and millimeters respectively and end with the first mile marker and kilometer marker being directly across from each other despite the actual length of each unit, at eye level or the approximate height of eye level, of the user.

In addition to the tape measure displaying these anomalous properties, it has the ability to change the size of objects and people proportionally depending on what measurements are used. The most accurate conversions are where the object or person has been labeled with their actual size in a specific metric. If no label is used, the object or person's measurements will be converted by what measurement is consciously associated with said object or person.

As of event ████-███ it was determined that the tape measure could grow parts of objects by wrapping the tape around the circumference of the object part. As of this event personal use is strictly prohibited.

History: SCP-_ was located when reports of an unusual number of "World's Largest *insert object here*" displays began to circulate in advertisements siting ████, IL. Upon routine inspection by foundation operatives several irregularities were noticed in the time they were there including:
-Objects appearing with out construction over night
-Objects parts appearing to be proportional to the size of the object despite not being manufactured in that size
-Object preservation coatings taking longer than actual apparent construction of said object
-Dust mites the size of housecats
-Lice and wood louse the size of dogs

Upon these findings a retrieval team was issued to locate the object and bring it in for testing. Object was in the possession of the current mayor, ████ █████, who was found visiting the homes of long standing residents and using the tape measure to create the exhibits from designated household objects. Given the popularity of the exhibits, and the wide spread distribution of media depicting them, removal of the objects was not considered feasible. A class C amnestic was administered to all towns folk determined to have knowledge of SCP-_.