The weather has finally started to be somewhat consistent here in Jeonju — it has been hot. Hot as chili peppers, and verrrry humid. What’s a California girl to do in this wet heat??
Luckily, the staff at LRDS has been cranking up the A/C, and Evan and I have an impressive cooling unit of our own in our apartment. We haven’t gotten the first energy bill for our use yet, but I’m hoping our cool-down sessions don’t cost an arm and a leg.
Before we used the air conditioning, I toyed with the idea about buying a fan… and the fans in Korea are not like the fans anywhere else in the world. Every single fan here comes complete with a timer — let me tell you why.
For some strange, unknown reason, everyone in Korea believes in a phenomenon known as “Fan Death.” Death by fan occurs not by coming in contact with sharp blades — which would be somewhat plausible — but by staying in a closed room with an electric fan left running.
People in South Korea believe that if you fall asleep with your fan on, the fan will suck all of the oxygen out of the room and you will die. This is the only population in the world that believes it. When I first heard of Fan Death, I thought someone was yanking my chain, but I’m telling the absolute truth. Everyone from our school director to Korean teachers to our students believe this.
In 2006, the Korea Consumer Protection Board (KCPB), a South Korean government-funded public agency, issued a warning about the dangers of using a fan in a closed room. There have even been newspaper stories claiming that Fan Death was responsible for taking the lives of people here.
This is the only population in the world that believes this curious phenomenon — but why?
The jury is out on this one.