The Truth About Fan Death

Could this South Korean urban legend be real?

The Truth About Fan Death
Fans: The cooler killer? [credit: kimncris,]
By | Posted July 8, 2010
Posted in: Audio, The Scienceline Podcast


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  1. get this girl a nobel prize already. and a peabody.

    high five!

    goodness, July 13, 2010 at 2:50 am
  2. Perhaps the fan motors are producing a significant amount of ozone that is then circulated throughout the room, possibly reaching a deadly level.

    Art, August 10, 2010 at 8:41 pm
  3. Great job. Love your fresh style. Nicole is always articulate and entertaining.(Greta’s mom)

    Judith Moen, August 18, 2010 at 9:19 am
  4. I don’t know whether to be scared or amused! Still, it’s good to know that people are out there finding this sort of stuff out. I’ve not used this site much before but I’m really enjoying the quality of articles across the whole site – especially the blogs. Excellent stuff!

    James Banks, August 30, 2010 at 5:24 pm
  5. interesting. i actually live in south korea and it does sound ridiculous. but i do keep my door open when i have my fan on…

    tez, February 9, 2011 at 3:15 am
  6. I guess I’ll be keeping my bedroom window a tiny bit open whenever I use my ceiling fans amd air-conditioner wenever I sleep! It should be unlikely, but “just to be safe”.

    Kat Fan, May 9, 2015 at 1:28 am
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