CLOSE

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…”)
TV
20 Things You Might Not Have Known About I Love Lucy
TV
18 Things You Might Not Know About Frasier
TV
20 Fun Facts About The Golden Girls
TV
16 Facts About The Carol Burnett Show On Its 50th Anniversary
Big Question
Why Do Male Lions Have Manes?
TV
15 Behind-the-Scenes Facts About 'Taxi'
Fun
9 Outdoor Games Today’s Kids Probably Don’t Know How to Play
Design
The Possible Origins of 7 Instantly Recognizable Visual Clichés
List
8 Vintage Hairstyling Products Your Grandmother Probably Swore By
Big Question
How Did "Jones" Come to Mean "Craving"?
TV
15 Awfully Big Facts About 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show'
TV
11 'Golden Girls' References Explained for Younger Viewers
List
8 Jolly Happy Facts About ‘Frosty the Snowman’
Big Question
Why Are Inferior Things Referred to as “Chopped Liver”?
TV
What’s the Difference between 'Ghostbusters' and 'The Real Ghostbusters'?
Big Question
Why Is an Informant Called a “Stool Pigeon”?
Big Question
When Are the Dogs Days of Summer?
Big Question
Why Do We Refer to Splitting a Bill as "Going Dutch"?
Big Question
Why Does the Snooze Button Give You Only 9 More Minutes of Sleep?
TV
11 Fun Facts About ‘Match Game’
Big Question
What's the Difference Between a Coffin and a Casket?
TV
10 Fun Facts About ‘$100,000 Pyramid’
TV
10 Stand-Up Facts About ‘To Tell the Truth’
TV
11 Fun Facts About ‘My Three Sons’
TV
10 Bang, Zoom Facts About ‘The Honeymooners’
Big Question
How Did Saloons in the Old West Lock Their Doors at Night?
Movies
8 Movie Star-Filled Music Videos from the 1980s
TV
12 Perfectly Arranged Facts About 'Designing Women'
Food
10 Snacks to Enhance Your Movie-Watching Experience
TV
16 Things You Might Not Know About 'The Brady Bunch'
List
10 Things You No Longer See in Hotels
TV
10 Musician Cameos on 1980s TV Shows
TV
13 Fun Facts About 'Newhart' (Unless We Only Dreamed Them)
Music
Debunking 6 Rock 'n' Roll Urban Legends
Music
When David Bowie Recited The Lord's Prayer at The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert
TV
14 Things You Might Not Know About 'A Different World'
List
9 Old-School Holiday Decorations
List
18 Facts About Your Favorite Christmas TV Specials
List
8 Things You No Longer See At Gas Stations
Movies
11 Things We No Longer See in Movie Theaters
TV
11 Deluxe Facts About ‘The Jeffersons’
List
11 Things We No Longer See on Airplanes
TV
16 Cutting-Edge Facts About ‘All in the Family’
TV
17 Pioneering Facts About 'Little House on the Prairie'
TV
14 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About 'Bewitched'
Music
10 Operatic Facts About “Bohemian Rhapsody”
TV
12 Fiendishly Fun Facts About ‘The Munsters’
TV
15 Fateful Facts About 'Gilligan’s Island'
List
11 Things We No Longer See in Offices
List
11 Features You No Longer See in Cars
MENTAL FLOSS

newsletter

A super-skimmable daily digest.