Sunday, May 15, 2005

Rumours of my death...

In South Korea, they firmly believe in Fan Death. This is a recognized malady, and a cause of death that is listed on death certificates and in obituaries. You can get some info on it here: http://www.fandeath.net/ It's rather interesting; the newspapers keep tabs on it and prints statistics over the years.

This just shows that a lot of superstitions can persevere over the years. It also explains why you need to sleep with the fan turned off.

6 comments:

red.hot.mamma! said...

ok, i've been studying too much. i have to agree with the arguments against section that if fans did cause death, they would need an warning label. wouldn't that be a design defect? what does the restatement have to say about that?

admission: i haven't been studying at all. do you have any idea how many basketball games have been played this weekend? please, i still have 2 days to learn torts.

Thomas said...

Slowly approaching the light switch...Trying to turn my fan off... Without it killing me.

Thomas said...

Heather it has been statistically proven that people who are on the Supreme Court, and thus did really well in law school, hate basketball.

Steve said...

I dunno, Thomas, it'd be kinda cool to see Kennedy and Scalia go one on one. I can see Scalia with the Tomahawk Jam now, pulling his head over the top of the rim with a giant barbaric Yawp; his robe flowing in the air.

Steve said...

And for the record, I did know people in Korea (and Koreans in the US) who refused to be in a room with a running fan. It sounds strange to us who aren't familiar with it, but if you're raised thinking that, it's gotta be rather difficult to unlearn

red.hot.mamma! said...

last week in austin, i asked my korean friend about fan death & she confirmed this. she says her grandmother won't leave a fan on.