Wednesday, February 27, 2013

It's Like Wind Turbine Syndrome With the Crazy Turned to 11

Buffy's Windswept Ears Blow in the Wind buffy-baird.com_19aug2008-1Here in the U.S., media coverage with a tone of "scientists say this, people who sit around all day worrying what innocuous thing might kill them say that" media coverage perpetuates a false belief in the myth of "wind turbine syndrome."

In South Korea, media coverage with a tone of "scientists say this, people who sit around all day worrying what innocuous thing might kill them say that" perpetuates false belief that a desk fan left on overnight can kill you.

I'm not saying the fear isn't real, or that people can't work themselves up to the point that they're feeling real symptoms. But they're both urban legends.
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