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…”)
6 Unusual TV Deaths
Not-So-Famous Firsts: Ads for Feminine Products
Rest in Peace, Dixie Carter
11 Sounds That Your Kids Have Probably Never Heard
11 Smells That Are Slowly Disappearing
Easter with... the Duracell Bunny?
Ho-Ho-Ho: The People Behind 4 More Famous Sounds
This Post, Should You Choose to Read It: Remembering Peter Graves
Not-So-Famous Firsts: Cookies
Worst Use of Sign Language at an Awards Show
5 Celebrities Who've Undergone Coronary Bypass Surgery
Not-So-Famous Firsts: Entertainment Edition
4 Cults You Might Not Know About
Not-So-Famous Firsts: Who Was the First Stewardess?
5 Other Late Night Feuds
10 Unusual College Scholarships for 2010
The Secret Lives of Game Show Hosts
Some Boxy Facts for Boxing Day!
6 Christmas Episodes Worth Mentioning
6 Christmas Firsts
The Island of Misfit Christmas Specials
5 Other Famous Gate Crashers
4 Turkey Day TV Specials (and Some Surprising Facts Behind Them)
6 Shows Saved by First-Run Syndication
8 Not-So-Famous Firsts
6 Famous Veterans from TV
The Stories Behind 6 Famous Masks
7 Tasty Facts About Halloween Treats
RIP Soupy Sales (1926-2009)
50 Years of Highway Safety - Happy Anniversary!
Happy 50th Anniversary, Twilight Zone!
Some Things You Should Know About Polar Bears
6 Secrets from the Brady Vault
11 Famous Actors and the Big TV Roles They Turned Down
Fun With Live Microphones
Remembering Our Favorite Laugh-In Stars
The Medical Credentials of 7 Famous Doctors
A Brief History of the Jerry Lewis Telethon
Happy Labor Day!
A Few Quick Poison Ivy Facts
Game Show Prep: More Facts About Fresca
Trivial Pursuit Trivia
8 Retro Airline Commercials
Whatever Happened to the Prince Spaghetti Kid?
Happy Anniversary, Abbey Road!
The Secret Inner Workings of Netflix
The Original Names of 7 Famous TV Characters
The Stories Behind Curiously Named Products
The Stories Behind 6 Safety Precautions
The Early TV Appearances of 9 More Stars


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