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Fact-Checking Frozen 2's Olaf's Mad Science Claims

If you’ve been to the theaters lately with your kid (or on your own) to see ‘‘Frozen 2,’’ the much-awaited sequel of the modern Disney classic ‘‘Frozen,’’ then you know Olaf got deep, quite deep.

During that long and exhausting horse ride from Arendelle all the way to the Enchanted Forest, the beloved talking snowman decided to drop some trivia to Anna and Kristoff, ruminations included.

Of course, Olaf saying that water has memory eventually becomes a highlight in the movie (spoiler alert), but the daffy snowman also said that Wombats poop in squares and turtles breathe through their rear ends.

So were these true? Or was the snowman just messing around?

Here’s the actual science:

  1. Water has memory – This one is fairly obvious, but unfortunately, the concept of water having memory is something that can only exist in the same world that a talking snowman like Olaf can. This “fact” from the character simply defies molecular biology and the laws of physics. What it can do, however, is provide “clues” about its origin, such as the impurities present in it. But it doesn’t mean it remembers anything.
  2. People blink 4 million times a day – According to a 2012 report, humans only blink up to 28,000 times a day since we blink up to 20 times a minute.
  3. Wombats have square poop – Now this one is actually true because the marsupial is the only known animal that leaves behind cube-shaped droppings. However, it’s unknown why they do that at the moment. Moreover, Some experts believe it’s due lack of water or dry living conditions.
  4. Men are six times more likely to be struck by lightning – Close, but no cigar. Per previous data, men are actually five times more likely to be hit by lightning than women. Nevertheless, it’s not something to ponder about since the chances of getting struck by lightning are low in the first place.
  5. Turtles breathe through their butts – As surprising as it may sound, yes they do. At least, some species do. An example is the Australian white-throated snapping turtle, which absorbs oxygen in the water through a backside tube that also functions as a zone for laying eggs and excreting waste. In short, it’s the turtle’s butt.

snow-3852960_960_720 Olaf is a popular character from the animated movie Frozen. Photo by Pixabay (CC0)

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