10 Life Lessons From A Navy Seal

Naval Admiral William H. McRaven returned to his alma mater last week and spoke to the graduates with lessons he learned from his basic SEAL training.

Here’s his amazing Commencement Address at University of Texas at Austin 2014 from Business Insider.

AP Photo/The University of Texas at Austin, Marsha Miller
AP Photo/The University of Texas at Austin, Marsha Miller
The University’s slogan is,
“What starts here changes the world.”
I have to admit—I kinda like it.
“What starts here changes the world.”
Tonight there are almost 8,000 students graduating from UT.
That great paragon of analytical rigor, Ask.Com says that the average American will meet 10,000 people in their lifetime.
That’s a lot of folks.

But, if every one of you changed the lives of just ten people—and each one of those folks changed the lives of another ten people—just ten—then in five generations—125 years—the class of 2014 will have changed the lives of 800 million people.
800 million people—think of it—over twice the population of the United States. Go one more generation and you can change the entire population of the world—8 billion people.

If you think it’s hard to change the lives of ten people—change their lives forever—you’re wrong.

I saw it happen every day in Iraq and Afghanistan.

A young Army officer makes a decision to go left instead of right down a road in Baghdad and the ten soldiers in his squad are saved from close-in ambush.
In Kandahar province, Afghanistan, a non-commissioned officer from the Female Engagement Team senses something isn’t right and directs the infantry platoon away from a 500 pound IED, saving the lives of a dozen soldiers.

But, if you think about it, not only were these soldiers saved by the decisions of one person, but their children yet unborn—were also saved. And their children’s children—were saved.

Generations were saved by one decision—by one person.

But changing the world can happen anywhere and anyone can do it.

So, what starts here can indeed change the world, but the question is… what will the world look like after you change it?

Well, I am confident that it will look much, much better, but if you will humor this old sailor for just a moment, I have a few suggestions that may help you on your way to a better a world.

And while these lessons were learned during my time in the military, I can assure you that it matters not whether you ever served a day in uniform.

It matters not your gender, your ethnic or religious background, your orientation, or your social status.

Our struggles in this world are similar and the lessons to overcome those struggles and to move forward—changing ourselves and the world around us—will apply equally to all.

I have been a Navy SEAL for 36 years. But it all began when I left UT for Basic SEAL training in Coronado, California.

Basic SEAL training is six months of long torturous runs in the soft sand, midnight swims in the cold water off San Diego, obstacles courses, unending calisthenics, days without sleep and always being cold, wet and miserable.

It is six months of being constantly harassed by professionally trained warriors who seek to find the weak of mind and body and eliminate them from ever becoming a Navy SEAL.

But, the training also seeks to find those students who can lead in an environment of constant stress, chaos, failure and hardships.

To me basic SEAL training was a life time of challenges crammed into six months.
So, here are the ten lessons I learned from basic SEAL training that hopefully will be of value to you as you move forward in life.

Every morning in basic SEAL training, my instructors, who at the time were all Vietnam veterans, would show up in my barracks room and the first thing they would inspect was your bed.

If you did it right, the corners would be square, the covers pulled tight, the pillow centered just under the headboard and the extra blanket folded neatly at the foot of the rack—rack—that’s Navy talk for bed.

It was a simple task—mundane at best. But every morning we were required to make our bed to perfection. It seemed a little ridiculous at the time, particularly in light of the fact that were aspiring to be real warriors, tough battle hardened SEALs—but the wisdom of this simple act has been proven to me many times over.

If you make your bed every morning you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another.

By the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed. Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that little things in life matter.
If you can’t do the little things right, you will never do the big things right.

And, if by chance you have a miserable day, you will come home to a bed that is made—that you made—and a made bed gives you encouragement that tomorrow will be better.

#1. If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.
During SEAL training the students are broken down into boat crews. Each crew is seven students—three on each side of a small rubber boat and one coxswain to help guide the dingy.

Every day your boat crew forms up on the beach and is instructed to get through the surf zone and paddle several miles down the coast.

In the winter, the surf off San Diego can get to be 8 to 10 feet high and it is exceedingly difficult to paddle through the plunging surf unless everyone digs in.
Every paddle must be synchronized to the stroke count of the coxswain. Everyone must exert equal effort or the boat will turn against the wave and be unceremoniously tossed back on the beach.

For the boat to make it to its destination, everyone must paddle.

You can’t change the world alone—you will need some help— and to truly get from your starting point to your destination takes friends, colleagues, the good will of strangers and a strong coxswain to guide them.

#2. If you want to change the world, find someone to help you paddle.
Over a few weeks of difficult training my SEAL class which started with 150 men was down to just 35. There were now six boat crews of seven men each.

I was in the boat with the tall guys, but the best boat crew we had was made up of the the little guys—the munchkin crew we called them—no one was over about 5-foot five.

The munchkin boat crew had one American Indian, one African American, one Polish American, one Greek American, one Italian American, and two tough kids from the mid-west.

They out paddled, out-ran, and out swam all the other boat crews.

The big men in the other boat crews would always make good natured fun of the tiny little flippers the munchkins put on their tiny little feet prior to every swim.

But somehow these little guys, from every corner of the Nation and the world, always had the last laugh— swimming faster than everyone and reaching the shore long before the rest of us.

SEAL training was a great equalizer. Nothing mattered but your will to succeed. Not your color, not your ethnic background, not your education and not your social status.

#3. If you want to change the world, measure a person by the size of their heart, not the size of their flippers.

Several times a week, the instructors would line up the class and do a uniform inspection. It was exceptionally thorough.

Your hat had to be perfectly starched, your uniform immaculately pressed and your belt buckle shiny and void of any smudges.

But it seemed that no matter how much effort you put into starching your hat, or pressing your uniform or polishing your belt buckle—- it just wasn’t good enough.
The instructors would find “something” wrong.

For failing the uniform inspection, the student had to run, fully clothed into the surfzone and then, wet from head to toe, roll around on the beach until every part of your body was covered with sand.

The effect was known as a “sugar cookie.” You stayed in that uniform the rest of the day—cold, wet and sandy.

There were many a student who just couldn’t accept the fact that all their effort was in vain. That no matter how hard they tried to get the uniform right—it was unappreciated.

Those students didn’t make it through training.

Those students didn’t understand the purpose of the drill. You were never going to succeed. You were never going to have a perfect uniform.

Sometimes no matter how well you prepare or how well you perform you still end up as a sugar cookie.

It’s just the way life is sometimes.

#4. If you want to change the world get over being a sugar cookie and keep moving forward.
Every day during training you were challenged with multiple physical events—long runs, long swims, obstacle courses, hours of calisthenics—something designed to test your mettle.

Every event had standards—times you had to meet. If you failed to meet those standards your name was posted on a list and at the end of the day those on the list were invited to—a “circus.”

A circus was two hours of additional calisthenics—designed to wear you down, to break your spirit, to force you to quit.

No one wanted a circus.

A circus meant that for that day you didn’t measure up. A circus meant more fatigue—and more fatigue meant that the following day would be more difficult—and more circuses were likely.

But at some time during SEAL training, everyone—everyone—made the circus list.
But an interesting thing happened to those who were constantly on the list. Over time those students-—who did two hours of extra calisthenics—got stronger and stronger.

The pain of the circuses built inner strength-built physical resiliency.

Life is filled with circuses.

You will fail. You will likely fail often. It will be painful. It will be discouraging. At times it will test you to your very core.

#5. But if you want to change the world, don’t be afraid of the circuses.
At least twice a week, the trainees were required to run the obstacle course. The obstacle course contained 25 obstacles including a 10-foot high wall, a 30-foot cargo net, and a barbed wire crawl to name a few.

But the most challenging obstacle was the slide for life. It had a three level 30 foot tower at one end and a one level tower at the other. In between was a 200-foot long rope.

You had to climb the three tiered tower and once at the top, you grabbed the rope, swung underneath the rope and pulled yourself hand over hand until you got to the other end.

The record for the obstacle course had stood for years when my class began training in 1977.

The record seemed unbeatable, until one day, a student decided to go down the slide for life—head first.

Instead of swinging his body underneath the rope and inching his way down, he bravely mounted the TOP of the rope and thrust himself forward.

It was a dangerous move—seemingly foolish, and fraught with risk. Failure could mean injury and being dropped from the training.

Without hesitation—the student slid down the rope—perilously fast, instead of several minutes, it only took him half that time and by the end of the course he had broken the record.

#6. If you want to change the world sometimes you have to slide down the obstacle head first.

During the land warfare phase of training, the students are flown out to San Clemente Island which lies off the coast of San Diego.

The waters off San Clemente are a breeding ground for the great white sharks. To pass SEAL training there are a series of long swims that must be completed. One—is the night swim.

Before the swim the instructors joyfully brief the trainees on all the species of sharks that inhabit the waters off San Clemente.

They assure you, however, that no student has ever been eaten by a shark—at least not recently.

But, you are also taught that if a shark begins to circle your position—stand your ground. Do not swim away. Do not act afraid.

And if the shark, hungry for a midnight snack, darts towards you—then summons up all your strength and punch him in the snout and he will turn and swim away.

There are a lot of sharks in the world. If you hope to complete the swim you will have to deal with them.

#7. So, if you want to change the world, don’t back down from the sharks.

As Navy SEALs one of our jobs is to conduct underwater attacks against enemy shipping. We practiced this technique extensively during basic training.

The ship attack mission is where a pair of SEAL divers is dropped off outside an enemy harbor and then swims well over two miles—underwater—using nothing but a depth gauge and a compass to get to their target.

During the entire swim, even well below the surface there is some light that comes through. It is comforting to know that there is open water above you.

But as you approach the ship, which is tied to a pier, the light begins to fade. The steel structure of the ship blocks the moonlight—it blocks the surrounding street lamps—it blocks all ambient light.

To be successful in your mission, you have to swim under the ship and find the keel—the center line and the deepest part of the ship.

This is your objective. But the keel is also the darkest part of the ship—where you cannot see your hand in front of your face, where the noise from the ship’s machinery is deafening and where it is easy to get disoriented and fail.

Every SEAL knows that under the keel, at the darkest moment of the mission—is the time when you must be calm, composed—when all your tactical skills, your physical power and all your inner strength must be brought to bear.

#8. If you want to change the world, you must be your very best in the darkest moment.
The ninth week of training is referred to as “Hell Week.” It is six days of no sleep, constant physical and mental harassment and—one special day at the Mud Flats—the Mud Flats are an area between San Diego and Tijuana where the water runs off and creates the Tijuana slue’s—a swampy patch of terrain where the mud will engulf you.

It is on Wednesday of Hell Week that you paddle down to the mud flats and spend the next 15 hours trying to survive the freezing cold mud, the howling wind and the incessant pressure to quit from the instructors.

As the sun began to set that Wednesday evening, my training class, having committed some “egregious infraction of the rules” was ordered into the mud.
The mud consumed each man till there was nothing visible but our heads. The instructors told us we could leave the mud if only five men would quit—just five men and we could get out of the oppressive cold.

Looking around the mud flat it was apparent that some students were about to give up. It was still over eight hours till the sun came up—eight more hours of bone chilling cold.

The chattering teeth and shivering moans of the trainees were so loud it was hard to hear anything and then, one voice began to echo through the night—one voice raised in song.

The song was terribly out of tune, but sung with great enthusiasm.

One voice became two and two became three and before long everyone in the class was singing.

We knew that if one man could rise above the misery then others could as well.
The instructors threatened us with more time in the mud if we kept up the singing—but the singing persisted.

And somehow—the mud seemed a little warmer, the wind a little tamer and the dawn not so far away.

If I have learned anything in my time traveling the world, it is the power of hope. The power of one person—Washington, Lincoln, King, Mandela and even a young girl from Pakistan—Malala—one person can change the world by giving people hope.

#9. So, if you want to change the world, start singing when you’re up to your neck in mud.
Finally, in SEAL training there is a bell. A brass bell that hangs in the center of the compound for all the students to see.

All you have to do to quit—is ring the bell. Ring the bell and you no longer have to wake up at 5 o’clock. Ring the bell and you no longer have to do the freezing cold swims.

Ring the bell and you no longer have to do the runs, the obstacle course, the PT—and you no longer have to endure the hardships of training.

Just ring the bell.

#10. If you want to change the world don’t ever, ever ring the bell.
To the graduating class of 2014, you are moments away from graduating. Moments away from beginning your journey through life. Moments away from starting to change the world—for the better.

It will not be easy.

But, YOU are the class of 2014—the class that can affect the lives of 800 million people in the next century.

Start each day with a task completed.

Find someone to help you through life.

Respect everyone.

Know that life is not fair and that you will fail often, but if you take take some risks, step up when the times are toughest, face down the bullies, lift up the downtrodden and never, ever give up—if you do these things, then next generation and the generations that follow will live in a world far better than the one we have today and—what started here will indeed have changed the world—for the better.

Thank you very much. Hook ‘em horns.

Source: LifeBuzz

Big Men of Today Are Playing a Different Game Than Those of the NBA's Past

Big Men of Today Are Playing a Different Game Than Those of the NBA's Past
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When did big men in the NBA turn into a legion of 7-foot softies? If DeMarcus Cousins isn't stomping to the bench as if he's been denied dessert, Roy Hibbert is standing under the basket like the world's tallest third-grader who just had his lunch money stolen. Or Dwight Howard is performing Shakespeare in the Park begging for a whistle. Or JaVale McGee is sprawling like a giant Bambi to star in yet another blooper reel.   
Where are the scowling successors to Alonzo Mourning? The knock-you-on-your-ass progeny of Bill Laimbeer and Rick Mahorn? The stoic descendants of Moses Malone and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Robert Parish?   
Has the personality of NBA centers really changed that much in the last decade or so?
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The instinctive answer is yes. Everyone and everything seems to be softer and more sensitive than in years past, at least when it comes to sports. From youth teams, where everyone gets a trophy for merely showing up, to the pro level, where the rules discourage being too physical or demonstrative, how competitors are treated (and how they treat each other) seems to be dictated more by those administrating than those participating. The concept of those within the game maintaining the code by which they should play seems to have been hijacked by external rulesmakers, be they parents or commissioners or lawyers. But have NBA big men somehow been affected by this shift more than others?
Former big man Will Perdue says yes. And no. Yes, they have been affected by the shift. No, it's not because today's big men are somehow emotionally different from their predecessors.
Perdue played on four championship teams over 13 seasons, retiring in 2001, and since then has worked out a legion of today's NBA-bound big men—from Chris Kaman to Robin and Brook Lopez to Joel Embiidto give them a sense of what to expect when they turned pro. But he admits that the challenge they face is different than the one he met coming out of Vanderbilt in 1988.
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"Look, I'm not going to say I was a tough guy, but I knew what my job was," Perdue says. "You wanted guards to think twice about coming into the paint. There's still banging in the game today, but there's a lot harsher penalty for ordinary aggressive play. Before it was two free throws, now it could be two free throws and the ball and a suspension or fine. What's more, there's no fear about attacking the rim because the perimeter players know it. You have to think about what you're doing."
The game has changed for big men at the offensive end as well. Once upon a time, every team in the league was in search of a big man who could score, and playing through that big man in the post was a central precept to almost every offense. They were featured the way multifunctional small forwardsLeBron, Paul George, Carmelo Anthony, Kawhi Leonardseem to be today. In any case, they were a prized commodity and treated as such. Now it's all about scoring before a defense is set and creating high-percentage three-point shots off drive-and-kick sets, at least during the regular season.
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"They're 'The Forgotten Guy,'" says John Lucas, the former point guard and head coach. Lucas has made it his mission to reintroduce big men scoring on the block through a grassroots movement in his hometown of Houston, where he runs clinics that teach post moves to 6'6" and taller teenagers, players who he finds are more commonly developed as small forwards in today's youth leagues.
"Offensively, they're the power forwards of the early '80s," he says. "They're defenders and rim protectors, and that's all we want from them. A part of that is the analytical mind of GMs these days. They don't believe in the two-point shot anymore. It means you've stopped developing centers in the post. So many of the offenses now are above the free-throw line. Before, you used to play inside-out, and if the big men weren't happy, you couldn't do anything."
Big men had various ways of expressing their displeasure, and all it took was a couple of trips down the floor without them touching the ball to have them exercise one. The more overt ways were to defend the rim, box out or set screens with a shade less enthusiasm, leaving a perimeter player unable to shake free for a shot or making them look bad when their defensive assignment flashed to the rim. A subtler one would be to snatch a rebound and, rather than immediately fire an outlet pass, hold the ball for a beat or two, just long enough to spoil the chance at a breakaway basket.
And if you think such distinguished big men as Hakeem Olajuwon, Kareem or Shaquille O'Neal never acted out when they were ignored, you weren't paying attention.
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"I remember even Bill Cartwright getting upset," says Perdue, referring to the former Bulls center and his ex-teammate. "He didn't jump up and down, but he let it be known: 'Get me the ball.'"
If no one ever criticized a center back in the day for disrupting a team to serve his own interests, it's because keeping a big man involved and engaged simply was considered practical. A perimeter player at that time couldn't just run to the three-point line and fire away or drive into a defender and flail his arms to get to the free-throw line—the first was frowned upon as a low-percentage tactic, and the latter wouldn't draw a whistle. Keeping the big man involved increased everyone's scoring chances, especially with rules that prohibited zone defenses.
"The NBA game has changed," says Warriors scouting director Larry Riley. "You don't need a center to win an NBA title, or at least Miami proved that it's possible. The game is more perimeter-oriented, and, as a league, we drop it into the post a lot less."
The game also wasn't scrutinized the way it is today. Players only had to be on their best behavior when they were on a national broadcast, because that was the only way a significant audience saw them. Now, every second of every play is available, and anything the least bit awry lives on forever via YouTube.
"We know the players so much better because they're brought into our living rooms every day," says Mitch Kupchak, an NBA power forward and center for nine seasons before spending most of the last three decades as GM of the Los Angeles Lakers. "Truth is, big men have always been a bit off-kilter. They've also developed a bit slower."
That second part makes them more vulnerable today than ever before as well. Thanks to scouting websites that critique players before they've reached middle school, a young prospect's aptitude is being measured on a game-by-game basis. Thanks to social media, everyone and anyone who wishes to say something mean or critical can—and have it reach the eyes or ears of the subject.
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"They've always been treated different," New Orleans Pelicans GM Dell Demps says. "But now when you have social media, they're exposed to it more. They are criticized by bloggers at all levels. You take a young kid who already feels awkward because he's so much taller than everybody else and add that to it and it can't help."
They're also spending less time at the college level, which means less time maturing and going through socialization. Perhaps it should be no surprise that the bigs who have had the hardest time curbing their emotionsCousins and Howardspent a combined one year in college.
"Guys go to college with a totally different mindset," Perdue says. "It's not about winning a championship or going to a certain school or even playing in a certain league. It's a quick stop, and it's all about the coach and his staff."
The use of zone defenses in college has long made it hard for big men to show their post skills, but now many college programs don't even attempt to develop them. Hence, there are fewer players who unequivocally are two-way centers. Cousins, Howard, Andre Drummond, Marc Gasol, Brook Lopez and Hibbert are about the only big men who are counted on to defend and score with their back to the basket on a regular basis. Joakim NoahAl Jefferson, DeAndre Jordan, Tim Duncan, Andrew Bogut and Tyson Chandler either alternate between power forward and center or specialize at one end of the floor.
"There's a much lower number of true centers in the league now," Warriors associate head coach Alvin Gentry says. "You can count them on one hand. So everything they do stands out."
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The silver lining is that they have a chance to do that when it matters most: the postseason. That's when the game slows down, the rules on physicality historically loosen and the value of a big man rises. Just check shot attempts by Howard and Gasol in the regular season versus the playoffs. The general number of shots per game invariably goes down thanks to a slower pace and more careful selection, yet their personal allotments never have failed to go up.
None of this is to condone Cousins slingshotting his headband or McGee futilely trying to dunktwicefrom the free-throw line. Being young isn't an excuse for acting out. Every player is expected to adjust, in one way or another, when he turns pro.
The point is, in comparing big men of today to those of previous eras, a case can be made that they have not changed; rather, how they are prepared, what is asked of them and when they are asked to do it has. Today's centers would no doubt welcome the chance to play under the rules of 20 years agoand if Perdue's view is any indication, the centers of yesteryear would want no part of playing in the league today

The Frozen Theory (And The Details It Misses)

Recently, an imaginative redditor proposed a theory that connected the worlds of Frozen and Tangled.
Below I have compiled what I think are the best pieces of ‘evidence’ raised in support of the theory, as well as one key detail that I believe changes everything.
But first, the theory:

The Frozen Theory

It didn’t take long after the release of Frozen for the internet to spot a certain cameo during the song ‘For The First Time In Forever’.
Rapunzel In Frozen
Princess Anna runs out to meet Flynn Rider and Rapunzel.
In this screenshot from early on in the film, we see a certain Disney princess attending the rare event of Arendelle opening its gates.
Judging by Rapunzel’s hair colour and style, we can see that this is set afterTangled because that film ends with Rapunzel cutting off her golden locks.
End Of Tangled
Flynn Rider and Rapunzel as they appear at the end of Tangled.
This is not the only proof that Frozen is set after Tangled. In fact, we know exactly how much time has passed between them.
You see, in Frozen, Anna and Elsa’s parents board an ill-fated ship that sadly never returns.
Sinking Ship
The moving scene of the King and Queen’s demise.
We are then told that three years have passed since the ship sank. This is when the main plot of Frozen takes place. Three years later.
It is, of course, no accident that Frozen was released three years (almost to the day) afterTangled.
The shared '7.9' score is a conspiracy theory for another day.
The shared ‘7.9’ score is a conspiracy theory for another day.

Because Anna and Elsa’s parents died on their way to Rapunzel’s wedding.

How do we know this?
Well, in The Disney Theory I point out that the King and the Grand Duke appearing at the wedding in The Little Mermaid isn’t surprising as many European dignitaries would likely be invited to a European royal wedding.
(Since I wrote this article, Frozen writer and director Jennifer Lee has actually confirmed in a Reddit AMA that Elsa’s parents were on their way to a wedding. Co-director Chris Buck added that they survived the accident, and may be Tarzan’s parents.)
But Anna and Elsa’s parents were not just invited because they were royalty.

They were invited because one of them was related to Rapunzel.

The Queen (left) from Tangled and her brother, the King (right) from Frozen.
The Queen from Tangled and her brother, the King from Frozen.
The family resemblance between Tangled‘s Queen and Frozen‘s King is striking, and it makes sense given the setting of the films that a Norwegian princess (the Frozenanimators have acknowledged Norway is basis for Arendelle) would end up married to a German king (‘Rapunzel’ was written by German authors, The Brothers Grimm).
It also explains Elsa’s magical abilities, and how the King is so prepared for a magical child. Clearly the blonde daughters of this royal family are somehow susceptible to developing magical abilities. When Rapunzel cuts her hair it turns brown like her mother’s and she loses her magic. Unlike her sister, Frozen‘s Anna is a redhead and never displays any magic (or does she?)
(Elsa’s not the only member of Disney royalty with control over the elements. To find out more, you should read The Lion King Theory.)
So of course when Elsa magically injures Anna, her father immediately knows where they have to go, retrieving a book on trolls and how they can help cursed youngsters. The troll chief even asks ‘Born with the powers or cursed?’ as if he is aware of their family history.
‘Conceal, don’t feel, don’t let it show.’
Having seen his magical niece kidnapped by a jealous witch, it’s understandable that Elsa’s father wouldn’t want anybody to know about his daughter’s powers. This is why he teaches his daughter to hide her abilities, and later decides not to bring her to her cousin’s wedding for fear she might reveal them. Poor Anna was then also left so Elsa’s absence wasn’t so suspicious.
Three years later, when Arendelle opens its gates for Elsa’s coronation, it’s actually the first chance Rapunzel will have had to pay her respects to the previous king and queen – or rather, her aunt and uncle.

It Goes Deeper

Like all great conspiracies, the Frozen theory doesn’t stop at the easy connections. Not content to link just Frozen and Tangled, the threads stretch even further to connect to another Disney fairy tale that also shares an author with Frozen.
Because the sunken ship of Elsa’s parents has appeared in the Disney world before.
It’s the wreck that Ariel explores in The Little Mermaid.
Different, yes, but years underwater will do that to a wreck.
OK, so cynics might point out that this could be just about any ship. So let’s bring in some geography to explain the crazy.
You see, to travel from Frozen‘s frozen Norway to Tangled‘s Germany, you have to sail past Denmark.

Denmark is of course the home of Copenhagen’s  ‘Little Mermaid’ statue and is the birthplace of Hans Christian Anderson, who wrote both ‘The Little Mermaid’ and ‘The Snow Queen’, which is the fairy tale Frozen is based on.
If the ship sank between Norway and Germany it would be lost somewhere in the North Sea that Ariel calls her home. That’s how it appears in The Little Mermaidafter years of degradation.
(For a different explanation of how Ariel finds the ship, read:)

Are Frozen’s King And Queen

Actually Tarzan’s Parents?
And so ends The Frozen Theory.


In The Disney Theory I used a certain scene from Tangled to support my theory.
See that book on the right?
See that book on the right?
This scene shows three Disney films that clearly exist as fairy tale books in the world ofTangled. In the top left we see Sleeping Beauty, below that is Beauty and the Beastand over on the right…
The iconic image of The Little Mermaid.
The iconic image of The Little Mermaid.
So, the question: how can Ariel find the ship from Frozen if it exists as just a fairy tale in the connected world of Tangled?
The simple (and boring) answer would be that it doesn’t.

But What If It Does?

In the conclusion to The Disney Theory I argue that the fairy tales and recurring characters of the Disneyverse are archetypes in a grand repeating narrative of:
‘Daughters who dream of freedom, parents who die tragically and evil relatives who seek to control them.’
Like a computer trying to solve  some cosmic puzzle, the Disney universe keep taking the same pieces and combining them in different ways in an attempt to find some great answers.
So maybe Ariel doesn’t find Elsa’s parent’s ship. Maybe the ship belongs to some other ill-fated Disney parents. Maybe the ‘Little Mermaid’ book in Tangled isn’t simply the story of Ariel’s life but is one of the many pre-defined narratives that a princess’ life can follow in this repeating Disney universe.
Maybe we’re looking in the wrong place for answers.
Because as exciting as the Little Mermaid connection is, it has almost completely distracted theorists from a far more interesting unified Disneyverse connection.
Wreck-It Ralph's 'Sugar Rush' land appearing in Frozen.
Wreck-It Ralph‘s ‘Sugar Rush’ land as it appears in Frozen.
Perhaps the ‘one big computer program’ The Disney Theory imagined is more literal than anyone realised, and the Disney universe is actually a collection of Disney games (and no I don’t mean Disney Infinity).
But that will have to wait for…

Wreck-It Ralph Proves The

Disneyverse Is One Giant Computer