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

The Office Star Angela Kinsey Would Love to Do a Reunion Special

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Whenever a classic TV show is brought back for a revival, it usually splits the fanbase in half. While some people are happy to see their favorite characters return, others are worried about the series coming back in lackluster fashion. And when it comes to the idea of a potential reboot of The Office, the series' cast is just as split.

Steve Carell has been very public about not wanting NBC to bring the show back, but Angela Kinsey is siding with co-stars John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, and Ellie Kemper about welcoming a potential return to Scranton. The 48-year-old actress, who portrayed Angela Martin on the series, recently spoke with, confirming she’d love to revisit the show.

"I would definitely be up for a reunion," Kinsey said. "I know a few cast members have talked about a special reunion episode to see where everyone is at. I would love that!"

Although many are torn on the idea of bringing The Office back, most fans would certainly be curious enoug to tune in and see what's going on with the Dunder Mifflin crew. Kinsey is no exception, saying, “I would love to know where these people are! I loved the show, I still love the show. I think it really holds up. I'm so thrilled that new audiences are finding it, so I would love that!"

Will it ever happen? It's hard to say. But while we wait to see if any official announcement is made, you can at least still binge The Office on Netflix and try to imagine what creepy thing Cousin Mose is doing these days.


Harry Potter Fans Don’t Want to See the Movies Rebooted, Surprising No One

© 2011 Warner Bros. Harry Potter Publishing Rights (c) J.K. Rowling
© 2011 Warner Bros. Harry Potter Publishing Rights (c) J.K. Rowling

Although the Harry Potter franchise has one of the most dedicated fan bases in the world, that doesn’t mean fans are ready to see the series rebooted just yet. Yes, that would mean more movies to feed one’s obsession, but the general consensus is that it would be entirely too soon. Don’t believe us? A new poll might just prove it. asked more than 2000 Potterheads if Warner Bros. should reboot the Harry Potter movie series, and a whopping 72 percent said they’re against it. The website also asked fans if reboots were made, how they should be done. Of those polled, 41 percent voted for it to be a direct sequel about Harry’s son, 35 percent voted for a spinoff TV series, 13 percent wanted another Fantastic Beasts spinoff, and a measly 11 percent showed support for a remake of all eight original films.

While it doesn’t look like a reboot will be in the works anytime soon (J.K. Rowling’s representatives just debunked a report about a TV series), that doesn’t mean it’s impossible for the future. Even star Daniel Radcliffe has entertained the idea, saying he believes he won’t be the last Potter portrayal he’ll see in his lifetime. But as long as Rowling and fans are against it, we probably won’t have to worry about it for a while.