Leaked! Proceedings of the Flat Earth Society

By Tom Randall - 2013-07-03T17:12:34Z

Photograph by Daniel Yip Go

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Fan Death

What could be scarier than the gentle breeze of a fan caressing your skin on a warm summer evening? Not much, according to the  Flat Earth Society’s South Korea branch.

Urban legends are the best defense against good science, and the widespread belief in “fan death” in South Korea makes most urban legends seem positively rational by comparison. Many South Koreans think fans may kill through hypothermia, suffocation or dehydration. It doesn’t help that fans there come with warnings and shut-off timers designed for the fan-fearing public. 

Lest others chuckle too loudly into their whirring fans, every country has its own urban legends. Fellow Americans, I’m looking at you: Walt Disney wasn’t cryogenically frozen, daddy-longlegs aren’t venomous spiders and there have been approximately zero documented cases of kidney theft in the U.S.

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