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The wood frog (Lithobates sylvaticus) has gained much attention over the past century due to its miraculous ability to freeze and then defrost again just as if nothing ever happened. It’s the frog version of science fiction and cryogenics.

Similar to other northern frogs that hibernate close to the surface in soil and/or leaf litter, wood frogs can tolerate the freezing of their blood and other tissues. Urea is accumulated in tissues in preparation for overwintering, and liver glycogen is converted in large quantities to glucose in response to internal ice formation. Both urea and glucose act as “anti-freeze” to limit the amount of ice that forms and to reduce osmotic shrinkage of cells. Frogs can survive many freeze/thaw events during winter if no more than about 65% of the total body water freezes.

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“I saw on this other blog someone saying that they had a new Elsa costume, one their grandmother had made for them no less, but they were, in their words, “terrified” and “scared to death” to wear it. That just broke my heart. I’m not saying everyone has to love or even like Frozen, but an environment where someone would end up in such a situation as that cosplayer and her grandma should not exist.”

“I saw on this other blog someone saying that they had a new Elsa costume, one their grandmother had made for them no less, but they were, in their words, “terrified” and “scared to death” to wear it. That just broke my heart. I’m not saying everyone has to love or even like Frozen, but an environment where someone would end up in such a situation as that cosplayer and her grandma should not exist.”

Messages for both the Frozen and anti-Frozen fandoms

For the Anti-Freeze Team and followers:

Okay, so today I got a message from a Frozen fan stating that some fans (and seemingly particularly Elsa fans) have had people coming into their inboxes trying to get a rise out of them. The fan who messaged me told them they got something just the other day. Neither of us knows who it really was, but on the offchance that it’s someone associated with the AFT or someone who follows us, this is the perfect opportunity for me to reiterate my views on harassment and for me to elaborate on what I consider harassment to be.

Harassment of Frozen fans in my mind is:

  • Sending hate, anon or not, just to try and upset them or be angry at them for liking Frozen or a certain character.
  • Repeatedly tagging them in anti-Frozen posts.
  • Reblogging their posts with comments after they have told you to stop.
  • Accusing them of harassment or of being nasty (e.g. racist, ableist, etc.) without having explicit non-falsified proof.
  • Reporting them simply for defending their positions on the movie or on certain characters.

If you do any of these things, it is perfectly reasonable for a Frozen fan to report you and I fully back them up in that respect.

Members of the AFT know that harassing Frozen fans will get you kicked off the team, no exceptions. Seriously, if it’s a team member who’s doing this, I am thoroughly ashamed and disgusted by you.

As for anyone who isn’t one of us but is associated with or simply follows us, if you are doing the harassing, stop it and get the hell away from the AFT. Your horrid behavior reflects badly on those of us who are actually trying to be decent people and want to criticize Frozen without bothering fans. If you’re following me and think it’s okay to harass Frozen fans, go to my page, look in the upper right-hand corner, and hit the unfollow button. I don’t want your nasty ass anywhere near my blog, got it?

Also: I’ve been doing some digging lately (I’d prefer not to say why at this moment unless and until I learn more) and it seems that some Frozen fans are very upset because they are being falsely accused of harassment or general nastiness.

If you are going to going to openly accuse a Frozen fan of harassment or you are going to announce to the AFT that such-and-such Frozen fan is being nasty, you better have some fucking proof that is not photoshopped or it better be easy for me to go to the blog and find evidence. Otherwise I cannot believe you and I will not do anything on the offchance that an innocent person could get hurt.

For Frozen fans:

As I said, it seems that some of you are upset because people are falsely accusing you of harassment or general nastiness.

And if they are false accusations, I’m truly sorry for that, and I plan to get to the bottom of this. I can’t be sure yet, but I’m thinking I smell a rat somewhere, and I want to find it just as much as you do.

It’s entirely possible that someone is overreacting to hate or something. If this is the case and I find out who it is, I will have a talk with them and take extra steps to remove them from the Frozen/anti-Frozen environment if necessary.

If you have proof of a specific person harassing you, whether you know they’re associated with the AFT or not, please message me and bring me the proof, and I will do what is necessary to ensure they don’t bother you again.

I was bullied throughout my elementary and middle school years for many reasons, including for liking certain things. I know how you guys feel, and I hate that you feel that way.

I am absolutely as anti-bullying as they come. I want this to end as much as you do. Please, don’t let differing opinions keep us from working together to stop what we all agree is horrible.

I’m tagging this post as #frozen. I’m sorry if anyone is uncomfortable with that, but I think it’s highly important that as many fans as possible see this and know that they do not need to be afraid of judgment here. If they need to tell me of harassment, I am here to listen and get to the bottom of it.

I just want both of us to be able to do what we do in peace.

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A type C killer whale mother and an adult individual with what appears to be twin calves swimming in Ross Sea pack ice. Multiple births among cetaceans is extremely rare. This is the only documented sighting of twin killer whales (though vanaqua.org mentions a case of twins in B.C., in which the calves’ fates are unknown)! It may seem like these orcas are caught by the ice and are forced to share this opening to breathe, but I doubt that because Antarctic killer whales are well adapted to their icy, frozen environment. #AntarcticOrcas

A very awesome repost from @seaslaverysucks 💙

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