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Fan Death and Korean Superstitions

April 4, 2013

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We mentioned in our video that we have a few more Korean superstitions to talk about in our blog post. They’re not as fun or interesting for us to talk about like the other ones (like Fan Death: seriously guise…FAN DEATH!), but they’re cool to know if you’re interested in facts about stuff and life and you know.

1) Don’t Eat Bread on an Exam Day:

Question: did you ever wonder why you failed that last test? Did you eat bread on that day? If you did, then that’s probably why, dummy! “Bread” in Korean, “bbang” is also the word for 0. So, if you eat 0, you get 0. See how much that makes sense? Atkins diet, FTW!

2) Don’t Eat or Do Anything Slippery on an Exam Day:

Hey: remember that test that you failed, dummy? Did you eat any seaweed soup in the morning (FYI, if you didn’t know, seaweed soup is an acceptable breakfast meal in Korea). Did you put conditioner in your hair when you showered? If you did either of these things, which are slippery, then you let your test results slip through your fingers, or something like that. I don’t know. Don’t do slippery crap on test days! What about slides??? WHAT ABOUT SLIDES!!!???

3) Don’t Crack an Egg on an Exam Day:

WTF YO? What’s with all of these things you’re not supposed to do an eat on exam days? Why so many superstitions about exams? Korea takes its education seriously. You know what’s North American superstition for exam days? Don’t sleep in on exam days. It’ll result in bad grades, because you didn’t attend the damned test!

4) Dream of Pigs or Dragons…not G-Dragons:

You should totally do it. If you do, then hop on over to a convenience store and buy a lottery ticket right away. Dreaming of pigs/Dragons means that you’ll have good luck with money, or something, so buy a lottery ticket. You know: I have no idea how lottery tickets are bought in Korea. I never actually saw a lottery ticket before. I’m gonna have to figure out how to do it. We should make a video about how to win a million bucks via the lottery in Korea. That’d be great.

5) Be a Jerk on Moving Day!

Well, don’t be a total jerk, but a partial one, meaning: don’t sweep up your apartment when you’re about to leave. Pack up all of your stuff into the moving van, and leave the floors dusty. It’s supposed to confuse evil spirits into thinking you haven’t actually moved and are still living in that old place. That seems crappy for the next people moving in, unless in sweeping up your crap they throw away the spirits? Someone help me out here. I just remember being told on our moving days (we’ve had a couple while we’ve been here in Korea) not to sweep up ALL the dust. I wasn’t about to beg like “OH PLZ LET ME SWEEP I LUV SWEEPING” so I left it. Thank you, Korean superstition!

On the opposite side, I like how in Korea people don’t care about opening their umbrellas up indoors, which was a superstition I grew up with (but didn’t care about). Oh, and no “blessing” people after they sneeze. Try it out on your Korean friends/students/co-workers in Korea and they’ll be like…um…WUT.

Also, I’ve never asked about breaking mirrors, but my superstitions tell me you’ll get seven years of bad luck for it. Does Korea have the same thing? All I know is my Baka (“grandmother” in Croatian, not “idiot” in Japanese) broke a mirror-magnet I gave her, and then I (Martina) broke a bone every year for, like, seven years and she blamed it on herself. Which doesn’t make any sense, because the bad luck should go to her, but she explained that because I gave her the mirror, the bad luck went to me. How about I’m clumsy? That’s a good reason! Anyhoo, share your superstitions stories with us! I love seeing how different cultures have similar superstitions and then polar opposite superstitions at the same time!

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  1. Well In Germany nowadays you ought to say sorry if you sneeze. But many people still say this bless you thing. But in Germany it’s not Bless you but “Gesundheit” which means health and it comes from the time in idk middle age or something when many diseases made there way and basically people said “gesundheit” as being some kind of pray for themselves so they won’t get the sickness which made the other one sneeze. That’s way many people don’t say “gesundheit” anymore if someone sneezes. The ones that do don’t really know where that came from i guess.

    3 years ago
    • Sorry, I’m a little curious, why is it bad to use ‘gesundheit’ nowadays? (You didn’t say ‘bad’, but it kind of reads that way with the added note of people not knowing where it came from.)
      I’m from the U.S. and I’m Catholic, so I usually say ‘God bless you’ or ‘bless you’. The two reasons I was taught were that the soul was believed to be escaping, so blessing the person prevented that. And, similar to yours, it had to do with being sick. But instead of being a way to prevent the sayer from being sick it was a way of praying that the person sneezing didn’t have a serious illness, like the bubonic plague.

      3 years ago
      • Oh, ok. That makes more sense. Thanks for explaining!
        (I’ve heard about some places thinking you should apologize for sneezing. Like you said, I think it is pretty stupid. You can’t help it when you sneeze lol.)

        3 years ago
  2. Then what if you dream that your classmates cooks your $90 socks in curry ?
    Or that you’re trying to eat a 3 year old kid named sean -.- ?
    If there is a superstition to those….. i would very like to know -.-

    Umm also… o.o Im pretty sure baka is stupid or idiot or fool or stuff like that o.o

    3 years ago
  3. When I was visiting my grandma in Malaysia, she kept nagging at me because I like taking showers at night. She says that it’s bad luck to take a shower at night because you’d get sick, especially if you’re married. I showered every night anyway because Malaysia is humid and feeling clean makes me sleep better! I didn’t get sick either.

    3 years ago
  4. I always think about this cartoon short when it comes to Fan Death. xD
    http://youtu.be/oms2grI1TC0

    My God-daughter’s birthdate is 4-4-04… She’s born to have bad luck. LoL

    And I think I’ve heard that if it rains on your wedding day, it’s “good luck” in the sense that the couple will be having children in the near future.

    3 years ago
  5. We have a lot of those “general” superstitions in Poland; breaking the mirror, opening umbrella, black cat crossing your way and number 13. We also have others! Like for example walking under a ladder brings bad luck. And if you see a chimney-sweeper you need to grab your button and hold it until you see someone wearing glasses… xD it brings good luck! Also seeing a flying stork is good luck. Just standing on the field… not really, can be bad luck even.
    What else… on New Years Eve you’re supposed to wear red lingerie. xD But it comes often~ You should also wear it for your exams and prom. And if you have a small, new born baby, you should tie somewhere near him a red ribbon. It’s to repel “the bad eye”; if someone looks with jealousy or wishing something bad to happen to the baby, the red ribbon will protect him.
    If you spill some salt you need to throw it behind you through your left arm “to blind the devil”. He is supposed to lurking from behind you and you can blind him with the salt.
    And you shouldn’t swing your legs while sitting because it’s devil swinging on your legs!
    Oh! And there is also very old myth about small domestic spirits called “ubożątka”. They take care of the house. Before you go out, you need to sit for a moment because they like to sit on people’s feet and grab the ends of trousers. So they need time to get off before you go out anywhere~ otherwise they will fall off somewhere outside and won’t be able to find their way back home! People used to leave milk for them in a corner of the kitchen.
    And that’s also were another superstition came from! That if you went out but forgot something from the house and you need to go back, you have to sit down for a moment before going out again.
    Personally I really, really like that one abut “ubożątka”. I think it’s really cute~

    3 years ago
    • “Ubożątka”? Thanks for the explanation :) I know this superstition and always sit if I forget anything, but didn’t have any idea where it does come from :)

      Other polish superstition I know is when you see a spider in the evening it brings good luck.

      A good choice for a gift to a friend is to give a scarf, it will bond you to him/her. You shouldn’t give cushions as gift to your gf or bf because the love will fall asleep.

      Don’t lend or borrow needles. If you want to borrow it from someone you should give the other person any coin, like you want to buy it.

      Don’t start anything new on friday, for example new job, first date.

      Don’t sit at the edge of a table, otherwise you won’t get married.

      Horseshoe and clover brings good luck. If a bird flies into your room it’s also a god sign. A stork flying orver your house means, you’ll get pregnant soon.

      3 years ago
    • hah…that’s weird because thanks to your post I’ve actually learnt more about polish supertitions than the korean ones…..and the funny thing is I’m polish living in Poland and well….. that’s the first time I’ve heard about most of them…..(beside the “general”ones of course)…..and…ekhm…thanks?? (to post z etnologicznym zacięciem, a ja widocznie jestem kulturowym ignorantem) ;))

      3 years ago
      • Hahah you’re welcome! :D I’m not really a superstitious person. Quite the opposite most of the time. xD I always say “thank you” when people wish me good luck and I love black cats. But I really like that kind of folklore stuff so~
        Oh! Did you know that there’s a way to repel the bad luck if a black cat crosses your way? It will turn into good luck if you’ll manage to catch the cat! :D
        (nie jesteś ignorantem, bo coś wynosisz z tego, uczysz się~ xP ignoracja to jest brak wiedzy i brak chęci aby ją posiąść. ^^ )

        3 years ago
    • Omg! it’s the first time I heard about the heather! O.O and about potatoes… especially with traditional “pierogi” for Christmas Eve! Which are made from potatoes~

      3 years ago
      • I suppose these might be regional superstitions from Wielkopolska. And with the potato one, I think it’s about potatoes as a whole meal or a side dish, not an ingredient. But I always found it weird because, well, you don’t really eat potatoes for breakfast in Poland and there are no potatoes in traditional Christmas Eve dinner menu so there’s no opportunity of eating them really…

        3 years ago
    • In Hungary there are also some, but almost all the same as in Poland :D Except the red ribbon, and swinging the legs and that spirit. We have something similar to that, but in here, it’s just like, when you forgot something at home and you come back for that, you need to sit down, and count to 9 or 10 and leave the house just after that. It brings you luck. Also if you wore shirts, socks inside out, you are not supposed to turn it back, because that brings bad luck. Oh and here, if you spill the salt there is two meaning for that: first is the devil, and the second one is, you will get in trouble with that person or tool whose direction you spilled the salt. So if you spill the salt to the ovens direction, be prepared you’ll burn the food! xD
      Oh and we have that one: if in Catherine’s day the weather is rainy, then the christmas will be cold so there is a chance that it will be snowy. But if it’s cold then the christmas will be rainy.
      Oh and red pens are tipically the teachers color in here, but if you are a student, you are supposed to write the exams only with blue pen. You can’t even use black. I don’t really know if this is a superstition or just some kind of rule..
      That’s all that popped in my mind right now ^^

      3 years ago
      • Now I know it :D To think about that…it’s pretty obvious xD
        Thanks for sharing with us that spirit, it was good to read about yours :) We have pretty similar superstitions bí the way :)

        3 years ago
    • I’m from Poland but I’ve never heard about devils swinging on people’s
      legs xD But I’ve got another superstition – if you walk under road sign
      you will never get married. But Polish don’t treat superstitions
      seriously, I don’t know anyone who belive in black cats or broken
      mirrors ;)

      3 years ago
      • People may not “believe” that black cats are bad luck, but they are usually the last to get adopted. We ended up with a black cat in the litter our black and white cat had and he is the friendliest, bestest buddy cat you could ever have. Almost like the perks of a faithful/playful dog in the perks of a cat body. I’ve heard the same from others with black cats too.

        3 years ago
        • I’ve always wanted a black cat~
          And the funny thing is that most people say they don’t believe in superstitions… but still! They don’t really feel comfortable walking when black cat crossed their way or walking under a ladder… and they always grab their buttons when seeing chimney sweeper! So yeah ;)

          3 years ago
        • Black labradors and black cats, some of the best pets for kids. Very tolerant.

          I don’t know about the chimney sweeper (we sweep our own chimney), but I think the ladder thing is just good common sense – too much opportunity for an accident to happen, just go around.

          3 years ago
      • You didn’t? xD My grandma always told me that when I was a kid…
        Oh! Have you heard about not killing spiders? It’s supposed come from a legend about spiders protecting Czestochowa’s Mother of God. Some robbers wanted to attack her and she hid in a cave, the spiders made tick web in the entry so the robbers couldn’t get in after her~ so that way they protected her! That’s why you can’t kill spiders. xD
        And there is an old saying that if there are spiders in a house, it means beautiful girls live there. ^^

        3 years ago
        • See, and my Mom always said that when you killed a spider, it would rain soon. However, I always thought that was to keep up from being afraid of spiders and to stop killing them so that they could eat insects that actually DID bug us (like mosquitos). Besides, you need to save some spiders for the centipedes to eat ;)

          3 years ago
        • No, I don’t know that one about spiders and Mother of God but I suppose the reason is I grow up in atheistic family ;) but I’ve heared about spiders and beautiful girls before xD I think it’s funny considering that most people kill spiders. You kill insects – you’re ugly xD

          3 years ago
        • Hahha yeah, my grandma is quite religious. Every time there is a storm she lights up “gromnica”, the blessed wax-candle. It’s to protect the house from lighting hitting it.
          I never killed spiders~ I always called them “Sebastian” and said they were my pets. :D I even have a web and spider made from wool on my wall~ :DDD trying to charm myself to look prettier~ jk. xP lol.

          3 years ago
  6. ahahaha i heard of the fan death one!!! first time i heard it i was like O_O whut??
    i’m surprised they don’t have a theory that goes along the lines of *dramatic voice* “it will suck out your SO~UL”

    as a British person….don’t drag us into this!!! i thought Martina saying omen was weird!!!

    ahahaha they rig the bouquet catching parts at weddings!!!
    what if you have a really small wedding and there is no one who is getting married in that time limit???

    i’m sure i was told before that on my parents wedding day there was a rain storm in Bangladesh and that we actually see it as good luck!!
    i thought baka was stupid or idiot in Japanese!?
    being in England i grew up with the umbrella and mirror superstition!!

    3 years ago
  7. almonds are eeeeeeeeeevil! *allergy*

    3 years ago
  8. oops i talk too much.
    type*

    3 years ago
  9. Baka means idiot in Japanese. XD
    Anyways, I’m Chinese and apparently 8 (Ba) is a lucky number because it’s sounds similar to fat in fat choi, which means luck.

    3 years ago
  10. Ireland – 3 & 7 are thought to be magic numbers (esp in older tales)… um, I can’t really think of many superstitions… oh, if your right nostril is itchy, someone is talking good about you, if your left nostril is itchy, they’re talking bad, and if it’s both sides of you nose, someone is arguing about you

    3 years ago
    • I know that 3 is considered to be a good number because it represents being balanced (this phrasing sounds weird now that I’ve typed it..oh well :P). That is the reason why photographer use tripods, it is a perfectly balanced stand, there is not wobble.

      3 years ago
    • super love this nostril theory! haha probably means all the famous artistes in ireland have itchy noses!XD

      3 years ago
  11. I am a super superstitious person but I’m sorry… I can’t and won’t give up my fan. I might die from heat without my fan. I’m from a tropical country, so yeah, fans are a necessity.

    Interesting TL;DR btw. :)

    3 years ago
  12. This video basically sums up a whole bunch of superstitions in my culture: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NCfNjBUCVXo
    (Indian/Pakistani superstitions are basically the same)

    3 years ago
  13. are you trying to tell me that the korean word for 4 is pronouced like the german word for nice??????

    3 years ago
  14. Here in Israel we believe that if some one sits on the corner of the table than he won’t get married.I think that this superstition came from Russia or somewhere near it (>_<")

    3 years ago
    • It is an old Ukrainian superstition. I don’t care about getting married,so I always do my female friends and relatives a favour by taking the “forever alone” spot whenever I’m back at home.:)

      3 years ago
  15. I totally read ‘fan death’ as being something about fans, as in people who like a band, dying. Whoops. : – /
    Hm, in Japan they tell you not to leave the air conditioner on while you sleep or you’ll catch a cold…but nothing as extreme as fan death.
    Also in Japan, some people like to eat fried cutlets (pronounced ‘katsu’ in Japanese) because it sounds the same as the Japanese word for ‘win’ (also ‘katsu’) on the day of an exam or a competition.
    And not sure about in Korea, but in Japan you don’t say ‘bless you’ when someone sneezes because sneezing is considered embarrassing, so calling attention to it is considered rude. Not sure if that’s the same reason for not saying ‘bless you’ in Korea?

    P.S. In case you wanted to know, “baka” actually means stupid.

    3 years ago
  16. Ugh, Martina, you almost got me in trouble… I almost seriously laughed out loud in my library’s silent zone near the end of the video D:

    Isn’t it eye of the storm, eye of the hurricane? LOL -nerd laugh- :’D

    3 years ago
  17. I was going to say that, until I saw this comment, hahaha
    Anime teaching me Japanese words FTW!

    3 years ago
  18. Yeah! Pfff. I know that! Psssh! What are you talking about!
    *edits post in shame*

    3 years ago
  19. Do

    In Belgium, you don’t say “good luck” before an exam, you say “good shit” and your are not supposed to say “thank you” or you will ruin all the luck. (But I always say thank you anyway)

    3 years ago
    • Here in Brazil we say “shit to you” before a play. Before exams it’s ok if you say “good luck” xD

      3 years ago
    • We have the same thing in Canada when someone is about to go on stage and preform something. Except we say “break a leg”. And you have to really mean it too! And you can’t say good luck….. worse “luck” ever….

      3 years ago
    • Wow…huh why don’t i get this? I’m also from Belgium.
      i remember a lot of people saying good luck though and no good shit? do we live in the same country? xD
      could yuo perhaps type it in dutch, maybe i’ll recognize it and scold myself for not thinking about it :P

      3 years ago
      • Do

        “Bonne merde” it’s in French. =) Belgium is really vast for such a small country.

        3 years ago
        • aaaah, maybe that’s why I didn’t know about it :)
          I’m from the dutch speaking region :)

          3 years ago
    • The closest thing I can think of like that here in the U.S. is, if you are in a play or doing some sort of presentation in front of people you say “Break a leg”.

      3 years ago
    • Leo

      It’s the same in Germany as well. Instead of saying “good luck” you say “broken neck and leg” and if you thank after that the luck will be gone.

      3 years ago
    • same in France

      3 years ago
    • Oh yeah, there is a similar in Hungary too. You are not supposed to wish “good luck” you are supposed to say like ” with a hat!” or ” broke your arms and legs”. ( It sounds better in Hungarian…) so you won’t ruin the luck ^^

      Oh and other thing popped in my mind :D If you take a medicine you aren’t supposed to say ” thank you” because if you say it, the medicine won’t work!

      3 years ago
    • a similar thing in Lithuania. you do not thank for luck, coz it might run away. but I always forget about that … XD

      3 years ago
  20. In Singapore, when someone passes away we hold our funerals at our apartment void decks(yup everyone who walks pass are able to see the funeral set up and everything). And in the middle of the night, there have to be someone staying up to guard the coffin because superstitions says that if a cat jumps over the coffin, the corpse would sit up. So we kinda have to chase cats at night…..

    3 years ago
  21. They talk about the shoe thing in episode 16 of Coffee Prince

    3 years ago
  22. hahaha that french on the screen pantolons falamant roses xD

    3 years ago
  23. it’s really hilarious when I go to India (my home place) and suddenly all normal actions become a source of bad luck.
    I’ll list a few I can think of:
    1. NEVER ever swing your legs back and forth while sitting. Something terrible can happen to your parents.
    2. Shaking keys… BAD LUCK!
    3. Sewing your button on the eve of a religious holiday….will bring you bad luck!

    3 years ago
  24. Martina is right! The center is the calmest! Haha

    3 years ago
  25. What do you guys think about EXO’s late comeback ? Are you guys irritated too and waiting for their comeback ?

    3 years ago
  26. Loved this one! I live on the F floor here in Korea… let me tell you, it’s all DEATH AND DOOM!! The first week we were in Korea, we slept at my boss’s house (in his bed!) and had the fan on all night. He freaked out in the morning, but at the time I just thought it was because we used too much electricity. hehe. My Korean friend swears that her mom’s friend’s daughter died from fan death. No fighting it with her! When I lived in France, my French family said that whenever you have an eyelash on your cheek, you have to slap the correct cheek in order for your wish to come true!

    3 years ago
    • Here, If we have an eyelash on your cheek you have to put it on your finger and blow it away and make a wish :P

      ….. and supposedly that wish is coming true…… right :p

      3 years ago
  27. There is a superstition that i heard of and have never tried. You know how you can reflections of reflections when u place 2 mirrors facing each other. Apparently, you will be able to see how you would die if you look at the 13th reflection.

    But if you think through before trying it, you would know that you will basically be seeing yourself. Meaning if you actually try it and it is real, wouldn’t doing it be just the cause of your death?

    3 years ago
    • The way my bathroom is set up the mirror covers three walls like this -> |__|
      You can look both ways and see your reflection going on forever and you just see yourself, front and back, until the reflection gets too small to make it out anymore. Granted, I’ve never counted them..

      3 years ago
  28. Pa

    I don’t know what you’re talking about Simon, but I can run in high heels :) Hahahah

    3 years ago
  29. Now I know why all the places I saw in Korea while apartment shopping looked so grody! Thanks Simon & Martina! :D

    3 years ago
  30. Now that Easter is just over, in Latin America, bathing during Good Friday is bad luck: grannies say you’ll turn into a fish. And for those who enjoy the Easter Holiday by getting some, ehem, “action”, with their loved ones, they will get STUCK TOGETHER. That doesn’t seem to be a good deterrent though, judging by the rise in births 9 months later!

    3 years ago
  31. The wedding rain = lucky is actually true in the US too, just sad when it happens to outdoor weddings :)

    3 years ago
    • I feel like it started just as a consolation to people who had rain on their wedding day, like saying it’s good luck when a bird poops on you. Which is just not true.

      3 years ago
  32. Oh fan death. When I stayed in Korea with my relatives, they would come into my room every night and turn off my fan when I was sleeping. It was a war to keep that thing on. I can’t sleep without my fan!

    3 years ago
  33. martina, baka doesn’t mean shut up in japanese. it means idiot, fool, etc (like babo in korean).

    3 years ago
  34. I had heard about the fan death before …and me and my friends used to laugh about it so much, but then I almost went bald because of a fan and now my friend calls me ‘the girl who lived’ …

    3 years ago
  35. Martina is right!!! I own Twister! Take that Simon :p

    3 years ago
  36. martina! you are right about the eye of the tornado. however, your pronunciation of omen… mm.. yeah. :)

    3 years ago
  37. For the longest time I had heard about “fan death” in Korea– and never doubted it, because I assumed that they were talking k-pop fans. Who can kill you. Which I thought completely reasonable. “Did….did you insult my oppa?” *brandishes axe*

    3 years ago
    • OMG I’m not the only one! I was freaking out LOL crazy fans everywhere, but this was too much, until.. uhm ok, is not that kind of fan *facepalm*

      3 years ago
    • LMAO that’s what I thought too reading the TL;DR title! >.<
      but not kpop fan killing you but smth like the death of a kpop fans bcz they couldn't meet their oppas? lololol

      3 years ago
    • i read the title and thought it was about super fans of idols and would die to prove thier love like a cult

      3 years ago
    • hahaha death by sasaengs! actually I think it is more probably than cooling fan deaths!

      3 years ago
    • I thought it was cuz the hot air keeps moving around as the fan doesn’t make air cooler, and you suffocate from heat

      3 years ago
    • aka: SAESANG fans. They are CRAY (in a bad way lol)

      3 years ago
    • i actually thought it was about kpop fans dying of something. like, i dunno, they can’t handle leeteuk’s abs or something and mysteriously falls to the floor and die. could make sense tbh…

      3 years ago
    • I thought that too! When I first saw the title of this TL:DR I was like “Death by fan? Like, death by k-pop fan?” and then they said that sleeping in a room with no openings with a fan could kill you, and I was like “But only if you insult their biases first…” It makes SENSE!!!!

      3 years ago
    • LOL!!! SO MUCH WIN!!!

      3 years ago
    • Fan Death is Real! At least according to Ask a Korean.

      3 years ago
      • Dude, I was just about to post a link. I hope they check it out and tell us what they think.

        3 years ago
        • I hope so too! I first heard about Fan Death through that post, so I’m kinda inclined to believe it’s something that could happen under a very specific set of circumstances with the fan playing a small, but real, role. (Which, to be fair, S&M did cover in their video – the room has to be really hot, all the doors and windows have to be closed, you have to be dehydrated/passed out, etc etc. It’s not “death by fan” so much as “death from heat and dehydration while passed out in small enclosed space”).

          3 years ago
        • if fan death is real i should have died along time ago

          3 years ago
        • Maybe you weren’t unconscious, dehydrated, and old enough, or the room wasn’t hot and enclosed enough :p

          3 years ago
    • On this one, though, AAK is incorrect. Ken Jennings FTW!
      http://www.slate.com/articles/life/foreigners/2013/01/fan_death_korean_moms_think_that_your_electric_fan_will_kill_you.html

      (He briefly mentions AAK’s acceptance of the superstition, btw.)

      3 years ago
      • I don’t think so, i think he’s saying that the myth that is known in Korea is not true, not that it can’t cause death under some circumstances. But I agree that he’s not clear on his conclusion. It’s what I understood though.

        3 years ago
      • Interesting! So the problem with the Korean widespread fan death “myth” is the cause of death, or maybe the fact that it will ALWAYS cause death and is therefore deadlier than reality. So even if it’s true that in the wrong conditions, a fan can cause death, it’s still not a proof that the fan death myth is real. Thanks for the article!

        3 years ago
      • Thanks for this link! Yeah, umm…..I think with the fact that millions of homes in the US have ceiling fans, and people probably use them all the time without opening windows, we would have heard about an epidemic of fan death long before now.

        As Jennings points out, the only problem arises when people believe that fans will actually LOWER air temperature, when in fact they only move air around. You feel cooler because of the evaporation of sweat, not b/c the air is
        actually cooler. So if a person’s in a room that’s dangerously hot, the fan won’t help.
        BTW – I had no idea KJ grew up in Seoul! :)

        3 years ago
    • I thought Fan Death was a completely ludicrous idea too, until I read his blog post on it a while back. I was just going to link to his blog, but I see you’ve already done it. ^^ Fan Death seems like it might be real after all. Everyone, if you want to hear a scientific explanation for Fan Death that works, click the link and read what Ask a Korean has to say.

      3 years ago
    • Damn I was just gonna link the same article but I guess I don’t have to anymore. Because that’s where I first heard of the fan death as well.

      3 years ago
    • Thanks for sharing! I’ve read articles from this blog before and I really enjoy them!

      3 years ago
  38. yay! New post. :)

    3 years ago
  39. What do you think about the US arming their teachers win guns to prevent school shootings…. crazy huh? Would you have agreed to do it?

    3 years ago
    • Why would anybody vote that down?..I think it’s a question that could and should be asked…

      3 years ago
      • Maybe they don’t understand the voting system. They might be voting down the actual idea of it :-)

        3 years ago