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