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.

How Does an Etch A Sketch Work?
A Brief History of Christmas Tree Lights
Inside the Surprisingly Delicious World of Cat Food Taste Testing
Why Do They Use Sterile Needles for Lethal Injections?
Weird Moments in TV History: The Max Headroom Broadcast Signal Intrusion Incident
How Do Pop-Up Turkey Timers Work?
Will This Be on the (Drug) Test? On Poppy Seeds and False Positives
What Happens to the Losing Team’s Championship Shirts? (2010 Edition)
Are You Afraid of the Park? Ghosts, Conspiracies and Other Weird Happenings in Central Park
The Girl Who Grew Lincoln’s Beard
Pistol Shrimp Pack Some Serious Heat
The Origins of 10 Food Phrases
Why Are Scrubs Usually Blue or Green?
Sperm Warfare (Or: Why it Takes 1 Billion Sperm to Make One Zygote)
Balancing on a Bicycle: The Phenomena
How Did the States in the USA Get Their Names? (Part V)
How Did the States in the USA Get Their Names? (Part IV)
How Did the States in the USA Get Their Names? (Part III)
How Did the States in the USA Get Their Names? (Part II)
How Did the States in the USA Get Their Names?
Help Sean Kerr Beat Leukemia
A Crash Course in Wikipedia Vandalism
One More Odd Thing I Just Learned About Fish
How Do Hurricanes Get Their Names?
The Late Movies: "Promised Land"
The Late Movies: Black Sabbath and the Birth of Heavy Metal
What Does Adrenaline Do?
Where Are They Now? 8 Things That Terrified Us in the '90s
Why Do Coins Make Your Hands Smell Funny?
Why Did Soap Operas Look Different From Other TV Shows?
Why Do Your Dog's Feet Smell Like Popcorn?
The Late Movies: The Hanks
Scientific Reasons to Believe in Vampires, Werewolves & Zombies
How Come You Never Got an "E" in School?
What's the Deal With the Black Box?
Why Does Sex Make Men Sleepy?
Ready, Aim, Fire: Scenes From Early American Dueling
Do Fish Really Have a Three-Second Memory?
The Late Movies: Even (Cow)girls Get the Blues
The Late Movies: Supergroups
Why Do Some Clocks Use Roman Numeral IIII?
Does Counting Sheep Really Help You Fall Asleep?
Why Does Mint Make Your Mouth Feel Cold?
Hit Me With Your Best Shot: A Brief History of Presidential Pitching
Loving, Fighting, Peeing: The Sex Lives of Crayfish
Can I Sell That on eBay?
If Blood Is Red, Why Do Veins Look Blue?
The Late Movies: Cover Songs I Didn't See Coming
How Do You Transport a Whale?
In Space, Can Anyone Hear You Scream?


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