Link Tank: Fun Facts About the Animated Disney’s Mulan

Fun facts about Mulan, musicals to watch, Tiger King on Netflix, and more in today's Link Tank!

Animated Disney's Mulan and Mushu

While the live-action Disney’s Mulan has been delayed due to COVID-19, why not revisit the classic animated movie with these fun facts?

“In 1998, Disney broke from its own mold by introducing Mulan, an independent, resilient heroine who isn’t fond of frilly dresses and doesn’t want (or need) to be saved. With a riveting story about risking it all for your family and a rousing soundtrack featuring Lea Salonga and Donny Osmond, Mulan quickly became a modern animated classic. In honor of Disney’s live-action remake, revisit the wonder and magic of Mulan with these inspiring facts.”

Read more at Mental Floss.

Check out these iconic musicals about social distancing in these trying times!

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“You’re shut in at home, doing your social distancing duty, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the best thing in the world: musicals! Not only are there lots of musicals available to stream on sites like Netflix, Hulu, and Disney+, or rent on-demand, but BroadwayHD, the online music streaming platform, is now offering free trials.”

Read more at The Mary Sue.

There is no better time than now to reread Leo Tolstoy’s magnum opus War and Peace.

There’s nothing stronger than those two warriors, Patience and Time, Leo Tolstoy wrote — and he would know. The Russians might have used both to defeat Napoleon in the Patriotic War of 1812 (spoiler alert?), but they’re also prerequisites for reading the author’s gargantuan epic, War and Peace. Still, I’m willing to bet that these days, you’ve got the ‘time’ part under control.”

Read more at The Week.

Tiger King on Netflix is the most insane, most binge-able docuseries yet.

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“It takes a certain kind of person to get into the exotic animal business. Most of us (average, staid, unexciting) people, if we invite an animal into our home, will pick something normal and vetted, like a dog or a cat or a small bird or a turtle. But there are those out there who feel the call for something different…”

Read more on Thrillist.

NASA Ground Control stopped a spacecraft from crashing while working from home.

“This week, ground control rooms at NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) have emptied out as employees at the space agencies practice social distancing to help stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. Ground control is critical to space missions’ success. They help keep ongoing missions, spacecraft, and satellites floating above us, and make sure they stay on course. So with these vital teams away from their controls, who’s making sure these spacecraft don’t smash into each other in space?”

Read more at Inverse.

For those bored at home looking to get into online multiplayer games, here’s a guide on how to get started!

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“Some folks have been gaming for almost their entire lives. But others are new to it, and maybe would’ve never considered a console before social distancing and self-isolation became a must. Gaming with friends (or random strangers) is one way of keeping in touch with the wider world. If you’re just dipping your toe into the waters, here’s the best way to get started.”

Read more at Gizmodo.