2006.06.20

Fan death

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As long as I can remember, my mom’s been telling me that falling asleep in the same room as a running fan could make a person very ill, if not kill her. As backup she would always bring up the case of my oldest maternal uncle, who supposedly fell into a deadly fever after exposure to a running fan through the night. Or perhaps he was nearly swept out to sea. Whatever! The point is that I’ve had this phobia of electric fans following me my whole life, and my friends think I’m crazy for it. Fortunately, I don’t tell anyone that I still suffer panic attacks if I wake up in a room with a running fan. Or perhaps it’s cute instead of insane?

Why do I love Wikipedia? Because they have a whole article on “fan death,” confirming that I’m crazy. But not! And also, apparently, that most of this crazy is limited to Koreans. Well! If being able to enjoy kalbi and bibimbap are the perquisites of a life lived in fear of indoor comfort, so be it. Small price to pay!

Just so you know, this comes the closest to describing my irrational fear:

If the fan is put directly in front of the face of the sleeping person, it will suck all the air away, preventing one from breathing.
Sound ridiculous when it’s written out like that, doesn’t it? Although my favorite quote from the article is:

In summer, mainstream Korean news sources regularly report on cases of fan death, even if more likely causes (e.g. heart attack, gunshot, alcohol poisoning) are evident.
Gunshot??

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As long as I can remember, my mom's been telling me that falling \nasleep in the same room as a running fan could make a person very ill, \nif not kill her. As backup she would always bring up the case of my \noldest maternal uncle, who supposedly fell into a deadly fever after \nexposure to a running fan through the night. Or perhaps he was nearly \nswept out to sea. Whatever! The point is that I've had this phobia of \nelectric fans following me my whole life, and my friends think I'm crazy\n for it. Fortunately, I don't tell anyone that I still suffer panic \nattacks if I wake up in a room with a running fan. Or perhaps it's cute \ninstead of insane?

Why do I love Wikipedia? Because they have a whole article on \"fan death,\" confirming that I'm crazy. But not! And also, apparently, that most of this crazy is limited to Koreans. Well! If being able to enjoy kalbi and bibimbap are the perquisites of a life lived in fear of indoor comfort, so be it. Small price to pay!

Just so you know, this comes the closest to describing my irrational fear:

If the fan is put directly in front of the face of the sleeping person,\nit will suck all the air away, preventing one from breathing.
Sound ridiculous when it's written out like that, doesn't it? Although my favorite quote from the article is:

In summer, mainstream Korean news sources regularly report on cases of fan death, even if more likely causes (e.g. heart attack, gunshot, alcohol poisoning) are evident.
Gunshot??
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