The Leanening
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The Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Item #: SCP-XXXX

Object Class: Keter

Special Containment Procedures: Research relating to differentiation in the tilt of The Leaning Tower of Pisa are to be doctored to show no abnormal findings. Foundation agents implanted into local tourism boards are to discreetly work in a manner decreasing tourism to The Leaning Tower of Pisa whenever possible.

Other containment measures are focused around the continued operation of Procedure 397-Pisano, for more information, see Addendum XXXX-1.

Description: SCP-XXXX is a large amount of collective psychic energy affecting the tilt of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. SCP-XXXX has caused the tilt of the Leaning Tower of Pisa to vary drastically over its recent lifetime, ranging from an angle of 2.57° to an angle of 7.68°, the latter of which nearly compromising the structural integrity of the tower.

SCP-XXXX is caused by the constant production of perspective photography, composed to give the appearance that subject(s) in the photograph are pushing, pinching, or otherwise moving The Leaning Tower of Pisa. While singular photographs have a diminutive effect on SCP-XXXX, the large quantity of them being produced by high rates of tourists to the location has caused SCP-XXXX to generate a much more prominent effect on the structure's tilt.

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An example of photography contributing to SCP-XXXX.

It is currently believed that The Leaning Tower of Pisa was constructed on a spot of metaphysical instability, causing its local reality to be marginally weaker. This causes otherwise harmless amounts of psychic energy to have an amplified effect on its structural integrity, wholly increasing the threat of SCP-XXXX. Whether this was an intentional or accidental design feature by the original architects of the tower is unknown.

Discovery: SCP-XXXX was discovered after multiple independent researchers determined The Leaning Tower of Pisa was tilting at a higher angle than it was previously. The angle upon SCP-XXXX's discovery (its maximum, recorded at 7.68°) caused minor structural damage to its façade, and was estimated to be ~.05° away from entirely collapsing the tower. Alongside this, buildings surrounding the Leaning Tower of Pisa were determined to be similarly tilting at a much smaller increment of .23°.

After these discoveries was made, Foundation researchers were dispatched to determine the exact cause of this occurrence, eventually discovering the nature of the local reality containing The Leaning Tower of Pisa. It was later theorized The Leaning Tower of Pisa acts as a conceptual conduit for this metaphysical instability, and therefore its near collapse triggered a partial release of SCP-XXXX to surrounding structures.

In the event that this theory is correct, a total collapse of the tower would cause the tilting and subsequent collapse of all structures and organic life within a majority of Pisa, Italy.

Addendum XXXX-1: Proposal for Procedure 397-Pisano

PROCEDURE 397-PISANO

Description: After careful review of SCP-XXXX and its caveats, it has been determined that total containment of SCP-XXXX would dictate too great of a breach in normalcy. Proper containment would require The Leaning Tower of Pisa and the surrounding area be closed off from civilians permanently. Due to the renown of the structure, closing it in such a manner would generate global media attention, compromising relative normalcy. This measure would be ineffective as well, as the nature of photographs that propagate SCP-XXXX allow for them to be taken from a far distance, with a theoretically higher degree of effect.

As such, the following procedures have been developed.

  • Foundation personnel are to travel to Pisa, Italy, wearing plainclothes giving them the appearance of normal tourists.
  • Personnel are to take as many perspective photographs of themselves as possible at the Leaning Tower of Pisa, specifically those that give the appearance of said personnel pushing it back upright.
  • Taken photographs are then to be reviewed upon return. Personnel determined to have taken photograph(s) of themselves that appear to be pushing The Leaning Tower of Pisa downwards are to be reprimanded and removed from any further consideration of participating in Procedure 397-Pisano.
  • At any point should The Leaning Tower of Pisa be tilted past its normal angle of 3.97°, Procedure 397-Pisano will be temporarily discontinued.

Modus Operandi: Four additional paid vacation days are to be given to Level 3 Personnel and higher. Employees wishing to take vacation days are to be briefed on SCP-XXXX and persuaded if possible to take their vacation to Pisa, Italy. Personnel stationed in Italy are to partake in Procedure 397-Pisano whenever possible.

Foundation mood improvement activates created by the Department of Morale, such as March Trivia Night, The Annual Foundation Chili Cook-Off, and The Foundation Competitive Improv Battle, are to give vacations to Pisa, Italy as possible prizes if prizes are given. Winners of said vacations will then be debriefed on the nature of SCP-XXXX and Procedure 397-Pisano before departure.

PROPOSAL GRANTED

DECIDING PARTY: O5 COUNCIL

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: If you excuse us, we have some suitcases to pack.