Adventures and Observations of an American Seoul-Sister
Thursday, August 12, 2010
In South Korea, you should never sleep with a fan or air conditioner on at night while the windows are closed. Apparently, the cooling effect of the blowing air can cause death by suffocation and/or hypothermia. The phenomenon is dangerous enough to warrant government-sponsored public service announcements. To combat Fan Death, you should leave all your windows wide open at night if you intend to use a fan or AC. Another Korean solution is to equip all fans sold in the country with timers that automatically turn the fan off after so many minutes. Seriously feared throughout the country, the urban legend of Fan Death exists ONLY in South Korea.