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…”)
The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert Was 20 Years Ago Today
RIP Dick Clark (1929-2012)
11 Shameless Comic Book Ads That Cost Us Our Allowance Money
11 "Modern Antiques" Kids Today Have Never Seen
11 Classic Posters You Might've Had on Your Wall
RIP Davy Jones: Remembering The Monkees
11 Ill-Conceived TV Spinoffs That Almost Happened
11 Things Germier Than Toilet Seats
5 Classic Christmas Songs (and Other Songs Those Artists Recorded)
11 Memorable Christmas Episodes (Including the Bewitched With Tabitha in Blackface)
Why 'A Charlie Brown Christmas' Almost Never Aired
11 Visual Clichés You Never See in Real Life
RIP Harry Morgan
3 Famous Fires and the Lessons They Taught Us
Pulled From the Rubble: 4 Amazing Stories of Survival
The Stories of 10 People Featured on Historically Bad Album Covers
Behind the Music: Iconic Album Cover Models Edition
10 Actors' Dramatic Departures from Popular Shows
The Personal Items 6 Famous Dictators Left Behind
We Love Lucy! Secrets From Your Favorite Episodes for Lucille Ball's 100th Birthday
11 Bizarre or Shocking TV Deaths
Unsung Dads of the Animal Kingdom
Not-So-Famous Firsts: Tornado Edition
Not-So-Famous Firsts: Food Packaging Edition
Idiot Control Now: MST3K Movie Musical Moments
Giant Panda Facts!
Tongue Length and Other Things You Should Know About Giraffes
Everywhere a Sign: Roadway Signage Explained
5 Famous Fires and the Lessons They Taught Us
A Brief History of the Congolese Space Program
Not-So-Famous Firsts: The Civil Rights Movement
6 Other Things Dropped on New Year's Eve
More Not-So-Famous Christmas Firsts
11 Signs, Announcements, and Disclaimers That Are No Longer Necessary
Not-So-Famous Firsts: Arlington National Cemetery
Not-So-Famous Firsts: Halloween Edition
4 Famous Fires and the Lessons They Taught Us
RIP Barbara Billingsley
7 TV Salary Disputes
The Early Game Show Appearances of 10 Future Stars
Yabba-Dabba-Do! Happy 50th Anniversary to the Folks in Bedrock (twitch, twitch)!
10 Things You No Longer See in Hotels
TV-Holic: Still on Gilligan’s Island
Not-So-Famous Firsts: Infant Edition
Sit Right Back: Tales of Gilligan's Island
The Stories of 10 People Featured on Historically Bad Album Covers
True Crime: Murder on an Arctic Ice Floe
Where Are They Now? Famous Photos Edition
Hollywood Obituaries
5 Not-So-Famous Firsts, Doggy Style


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