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SCP-5338 engaging in SCP-5338-א.

Special Containment Procedures: Containment of SCP-5338 is limited to minimizing public awareness of its anomalous abilities. Due to the vital role SCP-5338 plays in many ecosystems, physical containment would be detrimental to the sustainability of life on Earth and should not be attempted.

Foundation affiliates in the academic community are to maintain the scientific paradigm that SCP-5338 achieve lift through non-anomalous aerodynamic mechanisms. Fabricated data and multimedia records will continue to be produced indefinitely to reinforce mainstream awareness of this paradigm. Those who publicly challenge the paradigm are to be discredited and derided via academic publications, entertainment outlets, social media platforms, and other sundry venues of public mockery.

Description: SCP-5338 is the collective designation for all apian species of the genus Bombus.1 SCP-5338 are physiologically incapable of generating the airflow vertices necessary to establish and maintain natural aerodynamic lift. Instead, SCP-5338 achieve flight by using their wings to rapidly create complex sequences of spatially disruptive kinetoglyphs2 to induce anomalous midair suspension.3 The anomalous nature of SCP-5338 first came to the Foundation's attention in the late 18th century with the discovery of several Daevite parabiology compendiums;4 early misinformational containment has since been carried out concurrently with mainstream entomology to the present day.

SCP-5338-א is the designation for the parakinetic movements used by SCP-5338 and for the theoretical language that said movements may compose. The existence of a linguistic structure in SCP-5338 kinetoglyph sequences was first proposed in 1973 as a reaction to the landmark ethological study on dance-based communication between honeybees. Extensive interdisciplinary research was subsequently undertaken to analyze the movement patterns observed in SCP-5338-א for similar applications of dyadic sign models. Current evidence supports the existence of a somatic sign-system concordant with a theoretical linguistic framework, and the recurrence of discrete movements in response to particular conditions has allowed researchers to establish a preliminary kinetolexicon.

However, efforts to infer a coherent syntactic structure have been unsuccessful, and the legitimacy of SCP-5338-א as a language remains contested.5 Similarly, there has been no consensus as to whether SCP-5338-א is a discrete thaumaturgic constant which existed prior to and/or apart from SCP-5338, or if it was a direct byproduct of SCP-5338's evolutionary development.

SCP-5338-א is reproducible by humans beings, albeit with substantially diminished effects due to the physical limitations of the human body and the limited understanding of context-sensitive kinetoglyph sequences. Attempts to replicate SCP-5338-א with mechanical devices have only produced negligible reductions in gravitational subordination.

Addendum: On June 1st, 1981, the O3 Court approved testing of SCP-5338-א by human subjects to assess its potential utilization by Mobile Task Force units. Results given below.

Test # Subject Age Sex
001 Dr. Wall 52 F
Dr. Wall used her arms, palms, and fingers to simulate the approximate SCP-5338-א sequence for indoor takeoff. As a safety precaution, all movements were performed at 1/3750th normal gesture speed.
No anomalous activity observed.
Test # Subject Age Sex
002 D-5338-01 39 M
Subject was shown a sped-up playback of video footage from the previous experiment (1/1750th normal gesture speed) and told to memorize the movements over the course of a week. Subject attempted to perform SCP-5338-א at the conclusion of the training period.

Shortly after beginning, the subject appeared flushed and complained of severe headache and dizziness. 1 minute 41 seconds into the test, subject said they were no longer able to perform the experiment, laid down on the testing room floor, and briefly lost consciousness.

Cause of syncope was determined to be a rapid reduction of blood reflux to the heart due to forceful redirection of blood to the head from the venous system, exacerbated by an increase in intracranial pressure. Subject received immediate medical care and made a full recovery.

Test # Subject Age Sex
003 D-5338-01 39 M
Same as previous experience, but with study period increased to 3 months.
Subject performed SCP-5338-א at 1/1750th normal gesture speed for 5 minutes with no adverse effects. Instruments indicate subject's body weight dropped ~14kg for the duration of the test despite maintaining mass.
Test # Subject Age Sex
004 D-5338-01 39 M
Subject instructed to continue practicing at 1/1750th gesture speed for an additional 3 months, followed by an attempt at 1/400th speed. Footage of Test 001 accelerated to the appropriate speed was provided for study.

Within seconds of attempting SCP-5338-א at 1/400th speed, the subject suddenly expired and a burst of blood was observed from the crown of their head. High-speed playback of the test footage revealed that the subject's spinal column was vertically ejected from their body at a speed exceeding Mach 5. The spinal column continued upward through the roof of the testing chamber and was presumed to have disintegrated upon reaching the Earth's atmosphere.

Several days later, a complete human spine was found in a park two counties away with its coccyx embedded in the trunk of a tree. Analysis confirmed it to be a match for D-5338-01.

A second spine was recovered from a private flower garden the following week. The remains were covered in pollen from local flora and identical to the previous spine in shape and genetic composition.

Testing suspended until further notice.

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