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.

If You Touch a Baby Bird, Will Its Mom Abandon It?
Why Are the Letters in ABC Order?
Double Trouble: When Identical Twins Run Into the Law
How Poisonous Is Lily of the Valley?
Why Do Spicy Foods Make Your Nose Run?
Where Do Historical Reenactors Get Their Gear?
If a Foul Ball Hits You, Does the Team Owe You Anything?
Who Cleans Up After Seeing Eye Dogs?
What Was Nixon's "Checkers Speech"?
Fuzzy Math: How Do “Dog Years” Work?
Welcome to Bubbleland: Life on a Strange Little Chunk of Kentucky
How Abraham Lincoln's Lunar Adventure Followed Him
How Abraham Lincoln Argued a Murder Trial
Abraham Lincoln: Amazing Wrestler
By the Light of the Moon: Abraham Lincoln's Adventure in Forensic Meteorology (Part 1)
What the Heck Is Sea Foam?
What Do They Call Earthquakes on Other Planets?
Why Are Moths Drawn to Flames?
Is Any All-Female House Really Considered a Brothel?
The Bodacious Letter B
The Story Behind the Giant Inflatable Union Rat
Who Was General Tso?
A Brief History of the Absolutely Amazing "A"
On the Money: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Coin Portraits
The Late Movies: Jump Blues
What Are Eye Boogers, Anyway?
Whatever Happened to Hitler's Body?
Why Do Coins Have Ridges?
Sketchy Business: The Life of a Courtroom Artist
The Last King of New Jersey: The Suburban Life of Napoleon’s Brother
The CIA Plan to Use Cats as Spies (and the Taxi That Ruined It)
Why Does the Shower Curtain Always Try to Get Me?
Biological Warfare in the American Revolution?
Could You Really Dig a Hole to China?
What Happens to a Donor's DNA in a Blood Transfusion?
The Late Movies: Steve Earle
Where Do Baby Carrots Come From?
Why Does Toilet Water Move When It's Windy Outside?
What Makes Super Glue So Super?
One More Odd Thing I Just Learned About Fish: Rotting Salmon Impact Forest Ecology
What Makes Fireflies Glow?
A Bump in the Night: When Sleepwalkers Turn Violent
Livin’ on the Wedge: The Long, Strange History of a Disputed Border
How the Cardinal Directions Got Their Names
The Late Movies: "Whip It" Covers
What Else Does the Sergeant at Arms Do?
Screw This, Screw That: Why We Have Different Types of Screws
How Did the Duck Hunt Gun Work?
Foooood iiiiin Spaaaaace: The Curious Case of the Contraband Corned Beef
Snow Laughing Matter: An Icy Response to Poorly Drawn Snowflakes


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