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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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A College Football Rivalry Immortalized by Map Bunnies
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11 Long Celebrity Marriages That Ended in Divorce
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What Happens When You Get the Wind Knocked Out of You?
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A Brief History of "Battle of the Network Stars"
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How a Murder Trial Inspired the Modern Radio Format
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5 Behind-the-Scenes Secrets From Cheers
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Why Are First-Year Students Called Freshmen?
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Naked and Nude: What's the Difference?
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What Does a U.S. Ambassador Do?
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How 11 Classic TV Stars Got Their Big Breaks
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11 TV and Movie Clichés You Never See in Real Life
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5 Unusual Ways to Earn a College Scholarship
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8 Sounds That Are Trademarked
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Why Do All Dental Offices Smell the Same?
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11 Pop Culture References Younger Readers Won't Get
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11 Memories of Not-So-Modern Medicine
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Did Astronauts Really Eat Astronaut Ice Cream?
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The Abraham Zapruder of the Rodney King Video
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The Origin of "It's 10 PM. Do You Know Where Your Children Are?"
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11 Celebrities Posing with mental_floss
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The Stories Behind Donna Summer's Biggest Hits
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11 Signs, Announcements, and Disclaimers That Are No Longer Necessary
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Knope-Newport and 6 Other Memorable TV Elections
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The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert Was 20 Years Ago Today
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RIP Dick Clark (1929-2012)
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11 Shameless Comic Book Ads That Cost Us Our Allowance Money
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11 "Modern Antiques" Today's Kids Have Probably Never Seen
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11 Classic Posters You Might've Had on Your Wall
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RIP Davy Jones: Remembering The Monkees
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