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

Virginia’s University of Lynchburg is Adding a Harry Potter Class to Its Fall Curriculum

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While it’s not exactly an invitation to Hogwarts, students at Virginia’s University of Lynchburg are getting just about the next best thing. This fall, the campus is adding a Harry Potter-themed class to its curriculum as a general education course.

The university is in the process of changing some of its course offerings and streamlining classes in recognition of its modern students. According to WSET ABC 13, Dr. Sharon Foreman, director of general education, said of the new curriculum: "It is very targeted towards 21st century students who are going out into a global society and so we want faculty, staff, and administrators to know what that means, what it looks like, and [to] experience it first hand.”

Faculty have decided providing an education for a global society includes offering courses like the upcoming "Harry Potter and the Good Life," which will ask students to read J.K. Rowling’s books alongside the works of philosophers to create connections between the past and present.

University of Lynchburg coordinator of integrated seminars Amy Merrill Willis told WSLS 10 News that the course's instructor, Devin Brickhouse Bryson, is "going to be introducing philosophical concepts from [Plato], Socrates, and Aristotle, and asking students to think about the Harry Potter series in depth.”

Although there may not be a sorting hat or Butterbeer involved, the class sounds like a creative way to engage students in philosophy and critical issues, all while focused on the beloved Harry Potter series.

[h/t WSET ABC 13]

Pennsylvania Has Become a Hotbed of Bigfoot Sightings


If catching a glimpse of a real, live Bigfoot has been on your bucket list, you might want to plan a trip to Pennsylvania.

According to CBS Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania now ranks as the third best place to catch a glimpse of a Sasquatch. These findings came to light thanks to the Travel Channel’s new show In Search of Monsters, which analyzed the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization (BFRO) collection of sightings data.

According to the BFRO, which dubs itself “the only scientific research organization exploring the Bigfoot/Sasquatch mystery," of the 23,000 Bigfoot sighting reports they have on file, 1340 of them came from The Keystone State (although the site notes that there may be significant under-representation in some areas that lack sufficient internet access or computers).

The Philadelphia Inquirer recently reported on the growing popularity of Bigfoot hunting in Pennsylvania, with some cryptid searchers even viewing it as a fun weekend pastime.

Though Bigfoot's popularity may be on the rise in Pennsylvania, both California and Washington have PA beat when it comes to the sheer numbers. California was deemed the second best place to look for Sasquatch with over 1697 sightings reported, while Washington leads the country with 2032 sightings in all.

If you do happen to run into a Sasquatch, keep in mind that your reactions may have certain legal repercussions (for example, it's illegal to shoot Bigfoot in some states; you'll want to check with your state's wildlife department for your area's exact rules). And if you want to register that sighting, the BFRO makes it easy with an online form that allows you to recount all the key details—and speak with a BFRO investigator.