The Truth About Fan Death

Could this South Korean urban legend be real?

July 8, 2010

About the Author

Anna Rothschild

Anna Rothschild is a producer and science writer from New York City. After graduating from Brown University with a degree in biology, she worked as a scientist at the American Museum of Natural History where she cloned humpback whale genes into bacteria, lassoed lizards in Floridian forests, and detected fraud in the caviar trade. Now, she reports on everything from life science, to space, to urban legends.



goodness says:

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

high five!

Art says:

Perhaps the fan motors are producing a significant amount of ozone that is then circulated throughout the room, possibly reaching a deadly level.

Judith Moen says:

Great job. Love your fresh style. Nicole is always articulate and entertaining.(Greta’s mom)

James Banks says:

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!

tez says:

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…

Kat Fan says:

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”.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


The Scienceline Newsletter

Sign up for regular updates.