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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…”)
15 Fateful Facts About 'Gilligan’s Island'
11 Things We No Longer See in Offices
11 Features You No Longer See in Cars
Why Do Hearses Have S-Shaped Scrolls Where the Back Windows Should Be?
10 Things We No Longer See at Airports
12 Behind-the-Scenes Facts About ‘Laverne & Shirley’
12 Back-to-School Facts About 'Welcome Back, Kotter'
14 Nostalgic Facts About ‘Happy Days’
7 Pop Culture Predictions on the Future of Pizza
6 Forgotten Pizzas from Instant Pizza's Golden Age
20 'Seinfeld' Cultural References Explained for Younger Viewers
But Wait, There’s More: 15 Classic 'As Seen On TV' Products
What’s the Difference Between Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr.?
The 11 Worst Sounds in the World
The IRS's Favorite Mathematical Law
10 Aspects of Old Telephones That Might Confuse Younger Readers
Why Is An Iron Lever Called a “Crowbar”?
Where Did the French Maid Outfit Come From?
13 Vintage Commercials That Made Smoking Seem Irresistible
Who Invented the Squeegee?
Who Originated The Mug Shot in America?
15 Retro Fragrances and Their Cheesy Commercials
Why Do Hitchhikers Say “[Destination]...Or Bust!”?
10 Old School Christmas Crafts
Where Do Sesame Seeds Come From?
Where Did Paisley Come From?
Why Are Smart People Referred to as “Poindexters”?
Where Does Bingo Come From?
Why Do Different Drinks Require Different Kinds of Glassware?
Why Were Chopsticks Invented?
Why is the Second Audio Track on DVDs in French?
15 Memorable ABC Movies of the Week
30 Unusual Scholarships
Is it a Bald-Faced or Bold-Faced Lie?
11 Smells That Are Slowly Disappearing
How Did “Bunny” Become a Cutesy Word for “Rabbit”?
11 Ways Kids Used to Soup-Up Their Bikes
Why Do We Say Uncle?
How Did Soldiers Communicate Long-Distance Before Radios and Walkie-Talkies?
11 Products That Kept Dad Looking Dapper
21 Obscure References in Classic Songs—Explained!
10 More Obscure References in Classic Rock Songs—Explained!
8 Notable Price Points Adjusted for Inflation
Q&A: Peter Tork of the Monkees
11 Advertising Slogans That Became Catch-Phrases
10 Minor TV Characters Who Stole the Show
20 Things You Might Not Know About 'The Cosby Show'
Why Do We Sometimes Call Aluminum Foil "Tin Foil”?
Was There Really an Earl Grey?
Who Originally Said "I'm Not A Doctor, But I Play One on TV"?
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