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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…”)
Why Do We Call Pranks "Practical" Jokes?
Why was Napoleon Usually Painted with A Hand in His Coat?
The Origins of 8 Nearly Obsolete Phrases
What’s the Point of Decorative Patterns on Mattresses?
Why Do We Call Very Dark Things Jet Black?
11 Gas Station Premiums of Yesteryear
What's the Difference Between Antlers and Horns?
Why Do We Call Parrots "Polly"?
The Stars of The Walking Dead as You've (Probably) Never Seen Them
5 Stories About Shirley Temple
What are Pimentos, And How Do They Get Inside Olives?
Why Isn't There Canned Broccoli?
7 Must-Have Items from Rue McClanahan’s Estate Sale
A Few Facts about 4 More Classic Holiday TV Specials
9 Old-School Holiday Decorations
6 Things You Might Not Have Known About Billy Jack
12 Words and Phrases That Originated in the Funny Pages
How Do Houses Get Numbered?
Why Are Introductory Classes Called "101"?
Why are Notes of the Tonal Scale Called "Do, Re, Mi"?
Why Are Pool Tables Generally Green?
10 Things Disappearing from Elementary Schools
Why Are Countries Feminine?
Why Are They Called "Barbershop Quartets"?
Where Did the Phrase "Pleased as Punch" Come From?
11 Playground Essentials They Don't Make Like They Used To
10 Kind-of-Violent Board Games from the 1960s
10 Wacky Grooming Products from the 1970s
10 Characters Made Famous on TV Variety Shows
Why Do Electrical Towers Have Different Colored Blinking Lights?
11 Stars of Big Time Wrestling in the 1970s
6 Classic Canadian Kids’ TV Shows
How CanCon Created The Guess Who
Why Do Canadian Contestants Have to Answer a Skill-Testing Question?
11 Mellow Artists Who Sold Millions Through Commercials
Why Do Some Birds Sing, While Others Caw?
5 Other Kidnapping Victims Who Survived Their Ordeals
How Did ALF Work?
Watch the Original Unaired Three's Company Pilot
12 Very Special 'Very Special Episodes'
11 Characters Played by Different Actors
The People Behind 4 Iconic Valentine's Day Candies
The Real People and Events Mentioned in 11 Hit Songs
Is it Kitty Corner, Katty Corner, or Kattywumpus?
The History of "Heart and Soul"
11 Obscure References in Classic Songs—Explained!
10 TV and Movie Clichés You Never See in Real Life
Do Dogs and Cats Have Different Blood Types, Like Humans Do?
12 Star-Studded Benefits Before the 12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief
What Causes Morning Sickness?
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