Saturday, January 10, 2009

Fan Death: Koreans Aren't the Only Ones

Korean fan death gets a shout-out in this humorous editorial by Joel Stein on American hysteria over nut allergies. Just goes to show that, when it comes to medical mass delusion, South Koreans aren't alone.

Editor's Note (by which I mean, um, my note, in an attempt to head off the inevitable nut-allergy horror stories): Yes, I know, nut allergies exist, and severe nut allergies can be deadly. But: 1) nut allergies are fairly rare, and severe nut allergies are incredibly rare, and 2) the draconian measures taken to safeguard supposedly-allergic children are, in my humble opinion, every bit as absurd as doctors telling you not to sleep with the fan on.

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