Kara Kovalchik

Writes about: Big Questions , tv , tvholic
Kara Kovalchik was born in Detroit and currently lives in the leafy suburb of Birmingham, MI, where she and her husband Sandy Wood spend their days ferreting out fun, fascinating trivial facts for mental_floss, Reader’s Digest, CNN Headline News, and a series of books (to name but a few of their projects). After more than 20 years of blissful togetherness, Sandy has learned to tolerate and even indulge Kara’s love of '70s music, classic TV sitcoms, kitschy collectibles, The Walking Dead, Lifetime movies, Mystery Science Theater 3000, sparkly silver spoon rings, true crime stories, and her “unequalled ability to be fascinated by absolutely nothing.” She enjoys hearing from readers, even the “I’m an 11-year-old boy named Kenny and my teacher made me write this” messages. (What she’s waiting for is an email that says “I’m a 45-year-old man named Norman Reedus and this fire in my loins made me write…”)
11 Smells That Are Slowly Disappearing
11 Defunct Restaurant Chains That Are Sorely Missed
8 Jolly Happy Facts About Frosty the Snowman
10 Dangerous Toys from Decades Past (and the Commercials That Sold Them)
13 Fun Facts About Newhart
12 Admissible Facts About Judge Judy
20 Things You Might Not Have Known About I Love Lucy
18 Things You Might Not Know About Frasier
20 Fun Facts About The Golden Girls
16 Facts About The Carol Burnett Show On Its 50th Anniversary
Why Do Male Lions Have Manes?
15 Behind-the-Scenes Facts About 'Taxi'
9 Outdoor Games Today’s Kids Probably Don’t Know How to Play
The Possible Origins of 7 Instantly Recognizable Visual Clichés
8 Vintage Hairstyling Products Your Grandmother Probably Swore By
How Did "Jones" Come to Mean "Craving"?
15 Awfully Big Facts About 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show'
11 'Golden Girls' References Explained for Younger Viewers
Why Are Inferior Things Referred to as “Chopped Liver”?
What’s the Difference between 'Ghostbusters' and 'The Real Ghostbusters'?
Why Is an Informant Called a “Stool Pigeon”?
When Are the Dogs Days of Summer?
Why Do We Refer to Splitting a Bill as "Going Dutch"?
Why Does the Snooze Button Give You Only 9 More Minutes of Sleep?
11 Fun Facts About ‘Match Game’
What's the Difference Between a Coffin and a Casket?
10 Fun Facts About ‘$100,000 Pyramid’
10 Stand-Up Facts About ‘To Tell the Truth’
11 Fun Facts About ‘My Three Sons’
10 Bang, Zoom Facts About ‘The Honeymooners’
How Did Saloons in the Old West Lock Their Doors at Night?
8 Movie Star-Filled Music Videos from the 1980s
12 Perfectly Arranged Facts About 'Designing Women'
10 Snacks to Enhance Your Movie-Watching Experience
16 Things You Might Not Know About 'The Brady Bunch'
10 Things You No Longer See in Hotels
10 Musician Cameos on 1980s TV Shows
Debunking 6 Rock 'n' Roll Urban Legends
When David Bowie Recited The Lord's Prayer at The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert
14 Things You Might Not Know About 'A Different World'
18 Facts About Your Favorite Christmas TV Specials
8 Things You No Longer See At Gas Stations
11 Things We No Longer See in Movie Theaters
11 Deluxe Facts About ‘The Jeffersons’
11 Things We No Longer See on Airplanes
16 Cutting-Edge Facts About ‘All in the Family’
17 Pioneering Facts About 'Little House on the Prairie'
14 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About 'Bewitched'
10 Operatic Facts About “Bohemian Rhapsody”
12 Fiendishly Fun Facts About ‘The Munsters’


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