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Korean fan death

Deliberate urban myth?

To non-Koreans, this sounds crazy.

It appears there is a popular belief amongst Koreans, dating back to the 1920's, that sleeping in a room with a fan running and no open doors or windows can kill you.

Even when told the rest of the world doesn't believe this, the fear persists.

It's even stranger when you realise there might even be a deliberate reason for the myth, and it was actually started by the government. In the 1970's, there was an energy crisis so the fear was "made known", i.e. not directly pushed by the government in a way that could be traced to them, that people shouldn't leave fans on all night. Stories about it date much earlier than this too - even reports back to 1927 can be found.