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.

Morbid Road Trip: The Scattered Artifacts of Lincoln’s Assassination
Why Do Bugs Turn Over on Their Backs When They Die?
Why Do Dogs Stick Their Heads Out of Car Windows?
That Time They Found Those Bodies in Ben Franklin's Basement
FUSAG: The Ghost Army of World War II
The Defense Rests (in Peace): How a Civil War Rabble-Rouser Went Out With a Bang
Why Some Civil War Soldiers Glowed in the Dark
Hanging Themselves was the Only Way to see How Hanging Works
Live This Sunday: Matt on Skeptically Speaking
How Does a Fortune Cookie Proposal Work?
Who Was Murphy and Why Is There a Bed Named After Him?
Can Gay Discharged Soldiers Get Back Into the Army Now?
Hitler on Ice: Did the Nazis Have a Secret Antarctic Fortress?
Why Are There Gideon Bibles in Hotel Rooms?
If You Cannibalize a Person With an Illness, Will You Get Sick?
Why Is Chocolate Bad for Dogs?
What Is Point Blank Range?
Do Immigrants Still Come Through Ellis Island?
Operation Cornflakes: How the Allies Scammed the Nazi Postal Service
Why Can't Some People See Magic Eye Pictures?
Why Does the Sound of Running Water Make You Have to Pee?
What Does That "Rx" Have to Do With Prescription Drugs?
What Makes a Grand Jury So Grand?
Why Are Unidentified People Called John or Jane Doe?
What Makes Bloodhounds Such Great Tracking Dogs?
Which Came First: Orange the Color or Orange the Fruit?
The Big Squeeze: Scientist Catches Bear-Eating Snake in the Act
Why Do Drive-Up ATMs Have Braille on the Buttons?
Where Did the Term "Pink Slip" Originate?
Why Don't You Hear Someone's Accent in a Song?
When Did Americans Lose Their British Accents?
What's So Special About the Cat's Pajamas?
If the Heart Is a Muscle, Why Doesn’t It Get Tired?
Why Is Pink Lemonade Pink?
How Involved Was Mitt Romney in the Founding of Staples?
Do Other Animals Laugh When Tickled?
Does Sitting on a Big Exercise Ball at Your Desk Actually Do Anything?
What's the Difference Between Ketchup and Catsup?
How Do Magic Eye Pictures Work?
How Does China Enforce Its One-Baby Policy?
Why Do Dogs Walk in a Circle Before Lying Down?
Why Is Santa So Fat?
Is It True What They Say About Guys With Big Feet?
What's With All the Mustaches? The Origins of Movember
Happy Franksgiving: Why FDR Rescheduled Turkey Day
Could You Really Send Chicken Pox Through the Mail on a Lollipop?
What Makes "Fancy Ketchup" So Fancy?
Why Are Raspberry-Flavored Items Blue?
Prettier at Closing Time: How Beer Goggles Work
4 BR, 2 BA, 1 Ghost: What the Law Says About Selling Haunted Houses


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