Link Tank: The Myths and Legends That Inspired Frozen 2

Frozen 2, the difference between a pandemic and an epidemic, the carbon footprint of online shopping, and more in today's Link Tank!

Frozen 2 may not be the critical success that its predecessor was, but some fascinating myths and legends inspired it.

Frozen 2 is finally out on digital for families to enjoy at home. My family has already watched it three times, and we’ve all dived into the special features of the release, including a spectacular version of ‘Into the Unknown’ in 29 languages. But our favorite look behind the scenes so far is the featurette ‘The Spirits of Frozen 2‘ which gives you a look at not just how the creators conceived of the story, but also the real myths and folklore behind some of the characters.”

Read more at The Mary Sue.

With the coronavirus now widespread, one of the questions people have come to ask is: What is the difference between a pandemic and an epidemic?

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“As the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) explains on its website, ‘an epidemic occurs when an infectious disease spreads rapidly to many people.’ Usually, what precedes an epidemic is an outbreak, or ‘a sudden rise in the number of cases of a disease.’ An outbreak can affect a single community or several countries, but it’s on a much smaller scale than an epidemic.”

Read more at Mental Floss.

Online shopping has the highest carbon footprint amongst all forms of shopping, according to a new study.

“If you have ever wondered how much your online shopping habits contribute to climate change, a new study has the answer. Using data from the United Kingdom, scientists evaluated the greenhouse gas emissions from three different ways of shopping to see which method has the heaviest carbon footprint.”

Read more at Inverse.

Check out the best translation apps to have on the iPhone, for if you’re ever in a foreign country.

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“You’re on a mission in a foreign land and need to translate a sign, menu, or even a conversation between you and a mysterious stranger. No problem. Your handy iPhone can act as a go-between with help from the right app. Google Translate, Microsoft Translator, Translator with Speech, SayHi Translate, and even Siri can handle translations between English and a wide variety of other languages. Let’s check them out.”

Read more at PCMag.

Reddit is going to start punishing users who upvote policy-violating content.

“Over the past few years, Reddit’s gained a reputation for being one of the last mainstream strongholds for kinda fascist-y content, thanks in part to the free-speech ideals long touted by its leadership. But it looks like the need for “growth”—and funding—is pushing the platform to do a bit of growing up.”

Read more at Gizmodo.

American Horror Story is full of wild moments. Check out the best of these moments of all time, according to our friends at Thrillist.

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“Ever since American Horror Story premiered in 2011, the FX anthology series created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk has provided more than enough material to inspire a lifetime of nightmares. Each of the show’s nine seasons has its own quirks and tone, whether it’s the deeply unsettling vibes of Asylum or the overt campiness of Coven and 1984. But none of them skimps on shock factor.”

Read more at Thrillist.