Freezy Freakies Are Now Available in Both Adult and Child Sizes for the First Time

Kim Butan
Kim Butan

Want to acquaint the kids in your life with '80s culture? You're in luck. Freezy Freakies gloves now come in kids' sizes, so you can snag a pair for them this holiday season—and maybe one or two for yourself, for the sake of nostalgia.

In case you're unfamiliar with this cultural phenomenon, Freezy Freakies are thick winter gloves with hidden designs that emerge when the temperature dips below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. They were huge in the 1980s, particularly in the frigid northeastern states. The maker of these "high-tech" gloves, Swany America Corporation, created more than 30 original designs and sold as many as 300,000 pairs per year throughout the '80s.

An image of a skier is shown on the cold gloves, compared to the warm gloves with no skier on them
Freezy Freakies

A pair of original Freezy Freakies tends to sell for $20-$45 on eBay, but thanks to the brand's relaunch in 2015, you can get yourself a brand new set for $29. The rebooted gloves were only available in adult sizes until this month. Now, they come in three kids' sizes: small, for ages 6-8; medium, for ages 8-10; and large for ages 10-12 (plus anyone else whose hands are too small for the adult sizes).

Sure, your kids might not grasp their nostalgic appeal, but they'll love watching the designs magically appear on their hands when they head outside for a snowball fight or game of tag. One of the newest designs for winter shows cheerleaders in red and blue uniforms, and their pom poms only appear when exposed to the cold. The gloves and mittens use color-changing ink to achieve this effect, and they're also water-resistant and lined with microfleece and thermal insulation to keep your hands warm and snuggly.

Some of the other retro-inspired designs include a unicorn, skier, robot, fighter jet, and "I Love Snow" design. "Parents will probably want matching ones for their kids," Bruce Weinberg, Swany’s vice president, told Mental Floss earlier this year.

Different glove designs
Freezy Freakies

Why the Crypts of Winterfell Might Be Most Dangerous Place to Be in Game of Thrones

Helen Sloan, HBO
Helen Sloan, HBO

The Crypts of Winterfell have been the center of attention in the first two episodes of Game of Thrones's final season, and it seems like the location is only going to play a bigger part in what's to come. In the upcoming battle against the army of the dead, anyone who can't or shouldn't fight, such as Gilly, her son, and even Tyrion Lannister, has been instructed to retreat to the crypts.

But considering this battle is supposed to be the biggest in the show's history, some fans aren't convinced that the crypts are as well protected as the series' characters seem to think—especially since so people have repeatedly made mention of how safe they are. (Foreshadowing much?) Besides being very close to the site of the battle happening right up above, the location leaves those hidden very vulnerable, as there seems to be only one way in and out of the maze-like corridors.

Many fans have speculated that the battle will be the perfect opportunity to resurrect a few fallen Starks, which could be who we saw Arya Stark running from in the season 8 preview. Beyond that, however, TIME argues that the Night King might be heading straight to Winterfell for one person in particular buried in the crypt.

Before the events of Thrones, there was a war between the White Walkers and humans that drove the undead north, while Stark ancestor Bran the Builder built the wall to keep them there. The publication speculates that cold came to Winterfell and the castle was constructed to contain a being called "the Great Other," who is the Lord of Light's opposite—the god of darkness, cold, and death. Some believe he was buried in or beneath the crypt, and that the oft-mentioned "there must always be a Stark in Winterfell" imperative was part of the magic needed to keep the Great Other in its place. Unleashing the Great Other would certainly be a game-changer in the highly anticipated battle.

Whatever is truly down there, we can likely expect many more creepy scenes from the crypt (if Arya's running scene is any indicator). And we're betting those seeking shelter below Winterfell won't be nearly as safe as everyone hopes.

Game of Thrones Opening Credits Might Confirm Fan Theory About Daenerys

Helen Sloan, HBO
Helen Sloan, HBO

When the highly anticipated final season of Game of Thrones premiered earlier this month, fans were pleasantly surprised at the new opening credits, which showed a more detailed map of Winterfell and King’s Landing. But fans know the series doesn't do anything without purpose and potentially hidden meaning, so surely there are lingering clues in the credits for us to interpret ... right?

According to Inverse, there could be a clue in the gold band of the astrolabe that spins around the Game of Thrones banner. The band now depicts moments from the past seven seasons of the show, with one of the images potentially foreshadowing something about Daenerys Targaryen. A fan theory floating around over the years has argued that Dany is really Azor Ahai, and the new season’s opening credits might just confirm that.

Azor Ahai, a.k.a. the Prince That Was Promised, was the leader in a battle long before the events of Thrones between the White Walkers, the first humans, and the Children of the Forest. Fast-forward to the present, and the White Walkers are once again the biggest threat to humans, so many fans have been hoping the prophecy that Azor Ahai will be reincarnated will ring true. Fans have placed their bets on Jon Snow becoming this long-awaited prince, considering that Melisandre hinted at it when she brought him back from the dead, and because it’s been revealed he’s the true heir to the Iron Throne.

In High Valyrian, the word prince could mean any gender, however. The prophecy says that Azor Ahai will “born amidst salt and smoke under a bleeding star.” Inverse points out the red comet pictured on the astrolabe in the season 8 opening credits is likely the same red comet Daenerys sees in season 2. The Dothraki call this the “bleeding star.” Inverse continues:

“In a way, Daenerys really was born ‘under a bleeding star.’ When she stepped into the flames at the end of season 1, she emerged a new person, the Mother of Dragons. The astrolabe seems to confirm this, too, showing Dany as a fourth dragon, which suggests she was spiritually reborn when her dragons hatched.”

Daenerys actually being Azor Ahai would mean two things are probable: She’ll be the one to defeat the Night King, and she might have to kill Jon—neither of which are entirely unbelievable. While we know the Mother of Dragons will be essential to the remaining episodes of Game of Thrones, we’ll have to wait and see exactly how.

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