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 Characters Played by Different Actors
The People Behind 4 Iconic Valentine's Day Candies
The Real People and Events Mentioned in 11 Hit Songs
Is it Kitty Corner, Katty Corner, or Kattywumpus?
The History of "Heart and Soul"
11 Obscure References in Classic Songs—Explained!
10 TV and Movie Clichés You Never See in Real Life
Do Dogs and Cats Have Different Blood Types, Like Humans Do?
12 Star-Studded Benefits Before the 12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief
What Causes Morning Sickness?
5 Stars Who Badmouthed Their Own TV Shows
A College Football Rivalry Immortalized by Map Bunnies
The Late Movies: Mystery Science Theater 3000 Turkey Day Marathon Favorites
Beyond the Twinkie: 5 Other Hostess Products We're Losing
Why Do We Call Carrying A Person On Our Backs Or Shoulders "Piggyback"?
Why You Always Get Your Bills, Even After A Natural Disaster
11 Smells That Are Slowly Disappearing
11 Long Celebrity Marriages That Ended in Divorce
What Happens When You Get the Wind Knocked Out of You?
A Brief History of "Battle of the Network Stars"
How a Murder Trial Inspired the Modern Radio Format
5 Behind-the-Scenes Secrets From Cheers
Why Are First-Year Students Called Freshmen?
Naked and Nude: What's the Difference?
What Does a U.S. Ambassador Do?
How 11 Classic TV Stars Got Their Big Breaks
11 TV and Movie Clichés You Never See in Real Life
Why People Vomit
5 Unusual Ways to Earn a College Scholarship
What Are "Dibs"?
Where Did the Name "Teamsters" Come From?
Why Are Dalmatians Linked to Firefighting?
8 Sounds That Are Trademarked
How Does Aspirin Help During a Heart Attack?
Why Do All Dental Offices Smell the Same?
11 Pop Culture References Younger Readers Won't Get
What Is a Blue Moon, and How Rare Is It?
6 Behind-the-Scenes Secrets from Cheers
RIP Sherman Hemsley: 6 Stories About The Jeffersons
In 1967, Jimi Hendrix Opened for The Monkees
11 Defunct Drugstore Chains
11 Memories of Not-So-Modern Medicine
Why is Turtle Wax Called Turtle Wax?
Did Astronauts Really Eat Astronaut Ice Cream?
The Abraham Zapruder of the Rodney King Video
The Origin of "It's 10 PM. Do You Know Where Your Children Are?"
11 Celebrities Posing with mental_floss
The Stories Behind Donna Summer's Biggest Hits
11 Signs, Announcements, and Disclaimers That Are No Longer Necessary
Knope-Newport and 6 Other Memorable TV Elections


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