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.

The Late Movies: Absurd Campaign Ads
Two More Odd Things I Just Learned About Fish
The Late Movies: The Three Kings
Why Do Stars Twinkle?
Why Is Snow White?
Why Did Kamikaze Pilots Wear Helmets?
How Did the Donkey & Elephant Become Political Mascots?
Can I Unlock Other People's Cars With My Remote?
Two More Odd Things I Just Learned About Fish
The Late Movies: Julia Child
The Late Movies: Remembering Jack Rose
The Late Movies: Springsteen's Last Stand
How Much Weight Do People Gain on Thanksgiving?
How Do Pop-Up Turkey Timers Work?
11 Things You Should Know About Rocky & Bullwinkle
The Late Movies: Happy Birthday, Motown!
Can Boat Captains Really Marry People?
The Halloween Science FAQ
What Happens to the Losing Team's Championship Shirts?
The Late Movies: The Bo Diddley Beat
Bats Follow Musical Rules When Writing Love Songs
Why Do Birds Fly South for the Winter?
2 Poles Who Aided the American Revolution
Scientific Reasons to Believe in Vampires, Werewolves & Zombies
What Causes Brain Freeze?
Do Blind People See Things in Their Dreams?
Reading up on The Boss: The Springsteen Special Collection
Two More Things I Just Learned About Fish
How Does Scratching Relieve an Itch?
At The Leaning Tower, It's All About Perspective
Why Do Shells Sound Like the Ocean?
Why is 10:10 the Default Setting for Clocks and Watches?
Everybody Hurts (Even Crabs)
How Does the Treadmill Know How Many Calories I've Burned?
The Surprisingly Humble Origins of Prom
How Big Is The Library of Congress?
Happy Birthday, Blue Jeans!
2 Odd Things I Just Learned About Fish
Is There Really an E Street?
The Body Noise Rodeo
How many times can a piece of paper be recycled?
Why Do We Say "Cheese" When We're Having Our Photo Taken?
Why Do Clothes Shrink in the Wash?
What Is Catnip and Why Are Cats Crazy For It?
Obscenity vs. Profanity vs. Vulgarity: What's the Difference?
You Can Have Your Squid & Eat It, Too
Can Opera Singers Really Shatter Glass?
Why Are St. Bernards Always Depicted With Barrels Around Their Necks?
What's So Premium About Premium Gasoline?
How Does Scratch and Sniff Work?


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