Adventures of an American Seoul-Sister

Adventures and Observations of an American Seoul-Sister

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Fan Death

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.


  1. Be careful, Naomi. This is an evil master plan: The fans are trying to take over the world. Only you can combat them.

  2. Fan death, best electricity saving conspiracy ever!

  3. Wow, I guess I like to live dangerously, I sleep with the AC, fan and all the windows closed!