Electric fan urban legend in South Korea

I can't imagine going to sleeping thinking I was going to die if I left my electric fan on all night!

I'm a big fan of urban myths and legends.  Don't ask me why, but I think my love of these tall tales emerged when I was taking a trip to Scotland with my father. My dad asked me if I had ever heard of the Loch Ness Monster. I was about 12 years old and so I had never heard of such a thing.

My father explained that this lake monster has been supposedly sighted by few people. I became fascinated with this creature, and ever since then, researching urban legends has been one of my more unorthodox hobbies.

I've seen a lot of crazy myths in my day, but few are as odd as the one I read about in the Atlantic. In South Korea, many people believe that sleeping the whole night with an electric fan on can cause death.

I laughed out loud when I read this. Apparently, some people have the wild notion that the appliance's blades chop up oxygen into carbon dioxide, which reportedly makes the air unbreathable.

There are some people in South Korea who take this urban legend so seriously that they have bought an electric fan that has a timer attached to it to shut it off.

I admit that there are some myths that I take rather seriously. After all, I spent three years researching the Loch Ness after I came back from Scotland. But, this tale from Korea was one that I failed to understand. I don't know how residents of this country sleep without an electric fan operating all night long, especially when temperatures there can reach over 100 degrees!

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