Matt Soniak

Matt is a long-time mental_floss regular and writes about science, history, etymology and Bruce Springsteen for both the website and the print magazine. His work has also appeared in print and online for Men’s Health, Scientific American, The Atlantic, and others. He tweets as @mattsoniak and blogs about animal behavior at He lives in Philadelphia with his girlfriend, two cats and a large collection of bourbon whiskeys.

Why Does Turkey Make You Tired?
Why Did NORAD Start Tracking Santa?
How the 'Greenbrier Ghost' Helped Solve Her Own Murder
Bruce Springsteen Musician Facts
What Causes Eye Floaters?
What Happens to the Losing Team's Pre-Printed Championship Shirts?
Why the New Year Starts on January 1
Why Do We Say 'Let the Cat Out of the Bag'?
Why Santa Claus Gives Coal to Bad Kids
How Famous Writers Chose Their Pen Names
Tear Down This Wall: Ronald Reagan’s Famous Words Almost Got Silenced
Facts About Tear Gas
The Mutiny on the HMS Bounty Might Explain Migraine Headaches
In What Field Was Martin Luther King a Doctor?
The Horrors of Anglerfish Mating
The Real James Bond
Thing That Hangs Off Turkey Face Snood
How Are Hurricane Categories Determined?
Why Do People Get Ice Cream Headaches?
10 Facts You Should Know About Mosquitoes
Why Do Baseball Managers Wear the Same Uniforms as Their Players?
Who Wrote the Pledge of Allegiance?
Why Are Barns Usually Red?
Can Soap Get Dirty?
How Do Muslims Fast for Ramadan if There's No Sunset?
Why Are Legal Pads Yellow?
Why Do We Knock On Wood?
What Are the Santa Ana Winds?
What’s the Origin of Jack-O’-Lanterns?
How Did 6 Feet Become the Standard Grave Depth?
What Causes Hiccups?
Why Does Food Taste Bad After You Brush Your Teeth?
Do Lobsters Really Mate for Life?
Why Does Asparagus Make Your Pee Smell Funny?
What Legal Authority Does Judge Judy Have?
How to Make Miles Davis’s Famous Chili Recipe
Do Big Cats Love Catnip, Too?
The Time Ben Franklin and John Adams Shared a Bed
Why Do Onions Make You Cry?
Why Do Radio Stations Begin With 'K' or 'W'?
Corn Flakes Were Part of an Anti-Masturbation Crusade
Why Does the Leaning Tower of Pisa Lean?
What Do the Olympic Rings Mean?
Why Don't Valentine Hearts Look Like Real Hearts?
There's a First World. There's a Third World. What's the Second World?
Why Do We Wish on the Turkey’s Wishbone?
Why Do We Sing the National Anthem at Sporting Events?
What’s the Difference Between “Mostly Sunny” and “Partly Cloudy”?
Why Do Limbs 'Fall Asleep'?
Why Does Bottled Water Have an Expiration Date?


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