I went to turn on my LASKO fan last night. The switching mechanism inside has some circuitry of somesort because of the nature of the setup. It has simulated natural breeze control, remote control, timer etc. I touched near the button but not on the button by accident and an electrical spark jumped from my finger to the interface and turned the fan on. I thought, "wow, I turned it on with my own static hee hee!!" Then I thought, "eh well, maybe I hit the button and didn't know it." When I got up this morning, I tried turning the fan off and the switches were dead, nothing on the fan worked. Then I was hoping that the remote still would work and low and behold, it did. Thank God. I tried unplugging it and plugging it in again to see if there would be a "reboot" . But no luck. It turns on low when you plug it in automatically. But luckily I can control it with the remote control still. Now I just gotta make sure I have fresh batteries all the time. I am sure you guys have worse horror stories than mine, if you have them.