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.

Explaining the Chinese Zodiac (Just in Time for Chinese New Year)
How Did Hypercolor Shirts Work?
How Do Fire Eaters Eat Fire?
Hail to the King: An Elvis FAQ
Too Much Time On My Hands: Why Do We Have Leap Years?
Why Do We Yawn?
Why Is There a Mohammad Statue at the Supreme Court?
The Science of Gift-Giving (and how Santa does it)
1 Small Step for a Squid, 1 Giant Leap for Biological Specimens
Are There Really Virgin Births?
Who Sent the First Christmas Card?
Is it true that no two snowflakes are alike?
Why Does Turkey Make Me Tired? What Makes Dark Meat Dark?
How Do Trick Candles Work?
Aaah! Real Monsters: The Science Behind the Legends
How Do You Make a Monster? Dissecting Vampires, Werewolves and Zombies
8 Things You Need to Know About Polish Americans
Why Do We Get Red Eye in Photos?
Washington Didn't Sleep Here: A White House FAQ
Cheetah vs. Leopard: What's the Difference?
What would happen if you ate one of those silica gel packets?
Why Are Mosquitoes So Attracted To Me?
What was the "Checkers Speech" and why is it so important?
Who's Next? A Look at Presidential Succession
The Large Hadron Collider: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
How Do Hurricanes Get Their Names? (And Other FAQs)
Why Does Hot Water Sometimes Feel Cold?
What happens if a criminal survives execution?
Do people sneeze in their sleep without waking up?
What happens to Olympic facilities after the games are over?
Why Do I Shiver When I Pee?
If Dolphins Are Mammals and All Mammals Have Hair, Why Aren't Dolphins Hairy?
Why Does Swiss Cheese Have Holes?
Why do we sing the National Anthem at sporting events?
A Red Phone FAQ
What is Salmonella & how did it get in my tomatoes?
Why Can't You Pump Your Own Gas in Oregon and New Jersey?
Why Does Puerto Rico Get A Primary?
How Do Sword Swallowers Swallow Swords?
Why Doesn't Spaghetti Break in Half?
How Do Painkillers Find & Kill Pain?
Why Do We Yawn?
5 Questions About Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Answered
I'm just a Fact Machine, and I won't work for nobody but you
Please Sir, May I Have Some More (Facts)?
10 Reasons Why James Dyson Doesn't Suck
Just the facts, ma'am
Another Round of the Amazing Fact Contest
Color Me Amazed
The Facts of Life, The Facts of Life


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