fact vs. fiction…what does the mind believe more???

September 11th, 2009

TheThinkMovement.com by j. sakiya sandifer

Fan death is a South Korean urban legend (also found in Japan) which states that an electric fan, if left running overnight in a closed room, can cause the death of those inside (by suffocation, poisoning, or hypothermia).  Fans manufactured and sold in Korea are equipped with a timer switch that turns them off after a set number of minutes, which users are frequently urged to set when going to sleep with a fan on.

This is so widely believed that the press report it as fact: The heat wave which has encompassed Korea for about a week, has generated various heat-related accidents and deaths.  At least 10 people died from the effects of electric fans which can remove oxygen from the air and lower body temperatures [Korea Herald, July 28, 1997]

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