Background: Informant was born and raised and Seattle and is not religious and of white descent.
Informant: My mom picked up on a Korean superstition that if you sleep with the fan on it’ll kill you…Korean fanda
Me: Interesting… do you know where your mom picked up on that?
Informant: Yeah, she backpacked in North Korea after college.
Me: Ahh, I see. So… do you ever sleep with a fan on still? Does she?
Informant: Well, I always sleep with a fan on. It blocks out my tinnitus. But she never does. She hasn’t since.
Thoughts: I love how little superstitions are picked up on and spread just like that, and superstitions above anything else are most likely to stick, as they always include a negative outcome if something isn’t done. Whether or not it’s something that is wholeheartedly believed by people after hearing it once, it’s something that will undoubtedly be remembered and likely spread again, even if only as a little fun fact. Even though my informant continues to sleep with a fan on, it’s interesting to me that his mother still does not, and clearly it’s something he still thinks about.