Custom-Design the Ugly Christmas Sweater of Your Dreams (or Nightmares)

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For those of you aspiring to be the worst dressed person at your family's holiday dinner, UglyChristmasSweater.com sells—you guessed it—ugly Christmas sweaters to seasonal revelers possessing a sense of irony. But the Michigan-based online retailer has elevated kitsch to new heights by offering a create-your-own-sweater tool on its website.

Simply visit the site's homepage, and click on the Sweater Customizer link. There, you'll be provided with a basic sweater template, which you can decorate with festive snowflakes, reindeer, and other designs in five different colors. If you're feeling really creative, you can even upload photos, logos, hand-drawn pictures, and/or text. After you approve and purchase a mock-up of the final design, you can purchase the final result (prices start at under $70). But you'd better act quickly: due to high demand, orders will take about two weeks plus shipping time to arrive.

Friday’s Best Amazon Deals Include Digital Projectors, Ugly Christmas Sweaters, and Speakers

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As a recurring feature, our team combs the web and shares some amazing Amazon deals we’ve turned up. Here’s what caught our eye today, December 4. Mental Floss has affiliate relationships with certain retailers, including Amazon, and may receive a small percentage of any sale. But we only get commission on items you buy and don’t return, so we’re only happy if you’re happy. Good luck deal hunting!

Was Frosty the Snowman Actually an Evil Demon? One Fan Theory Says Yes

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In the eyes of conspiracy theorists, innocent holiday movies can take on darker meanings. Fans have argued that Home Alone's (1990) Kevin McCallister grows up to be a serial killer, and that the elves in The Santa Clause (1994) are actually cannibals. Not even the lovable Frosty the Snowman is immune from a cynical interpretation of his classic song and television special.

In the video below, Emily Carson of Channel Frederator lays out the theory that this jolly, happy soul is actually an evil demon. The crux of the argument lies in the lyrics to Jack Rollins and Steve Nelson's song "Frosty the Snowman." The holiday hit describes the snowman as having "two eyes made out of coal" and mentions that "the sun was hot" the day the children brought him to life. In Carson's interpretation, the warm weather suggests the events of the song take place after Christmas. She also has an explanation for why a group of kids would be carrying around coal this time of year: They were on the naughty list.

When assuming the children who brought Frosty to life were naughty, the story becomes a lot less wholesome. Maybe the magic spell that imbued the snowman with a soul was actually a satanic ritual. As Carson says, "I've never known anyone that's gotten coal for Christmas, so these kids are clearly bad news."

Horace Jeffery Hodges, a professor at Ewha Womans University in South Korea, backs up this interpretation of the song in a blog post, giving a full break-down of the lyrics and finding sinister double-meanings in each stanza:

Oh, Frosty the snowman
was alive as he could be,
and the children say he could laugh
and play just the same as you and me.

"See how this insidious song brings 'you and me' into its spellbinding realm? Now, think about that line 'alive as he could be.' Does it not imply that this 'snowman' is not entirely alive? That it might need to feed on the life of others? That it might need 'you and me'?"

Whether or not a case can be made for Frosty's demonic qualities, that likely wasn't the songwriters' intention. Here are some facts about the original holiday tune.