Your Hot Winter Trend: Frozen Pants Minnesotans have a lot of time on their hands By Michael Harthorne, Newser Staff Posted Jan 21, 2016 5:46 PM CST 15 comments Comments Tom Grotting's frozen pants are a viral sensation. (Instagram) (Newser) – This winter, the hottest viral trend is frozen pants. Fox News reports 61-year-old Tom Grotting of Minnesota started dipping jeans in water and holding them upright while they froze a few years ago. Grotting's frozen pants found their way to Facebook this year, and now others are joining in and posting the results online, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. But not everyone is charmed by a bunch of empty jeans hanging around in snowy yards. “We already get it: It’s cold outside," Esquire states. "Please stop with the creepy frozen ghost pants.” And the Huffington Post calls them "creepy," accusing them of having "no chill." We know how they feel. We've also read the world's most terrifying children's book.