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 Rain Helped the Mongols Conquer Asia
Do Cows Moo in Different Accents?
3 Sneaky Chemical Tricks Used by Animals
What’s the Oldest Trick in the Book?
15 Places With Strange Names (and How They Got Them)
The Epic Battle Over Congressional Seating
Adorable Agoutis Have Good Reason to Go to Bed Early
Darwin's Beetle, Lost and Found
What Spitting Cobras are Aiming For
"Parapsychologist" Finds Mental Disorders in the Dead
Where Did the Chicken Nugget Come From?
Ants Shape Their Bodies to the Jobs They Do
The Mystery of the Sloth Poop
That Snow Down South Is Fake, Say Conspiracy Theorists
How Do Squatter’s Rights Work?
This Caterpillar’s Stink Breath Keeps the Spiders Away
Can You Actually Be Bored to Death?
Do Sharks Really Not Get Cancer?
What Are the Seven Seas?
Is a Dog's Mouth Really Cleaner Than a Human's?
Meet the World’s Only Known Venomous Crustacean
3 Conflicts Sparked by Food
These Ants Use Mercenaries to Fight for Them
Do Racehorses Really Pee All That Much?
Can Anyone Just Make a Citizen’s Arrest?
How the Führer Stole Christmas
How Are Speed Limits Enforced by Aircraft?
Why Won’t These Bugs Cross This Line?
Zombies, Fire Drills, and Bad Decision-Making
Toys, Trampling and Tragedy: The Victoria Hall Disaster
No, Ben Franklin Didn’t Want a Turkey on the Great Seal
Free Bird: The History of Presidential Turkey Pardoning
What Does The TSA Do With Your Confiscated Stuff?
Do Fetuses Go to the Bathroom in the Womb?
Meet the Vampire Spider
What’s the Deal with Those Last 4 Digits on ZIP Codes?
Is Home Field Advantage Real?
Some Spiders Can Eat Bats
What Does Marijuana Do to Spiders?
How Do You Juice a Prune?
11 Bloody Facts About Vampire Bats
11 Ways the Government Shutdown Affects Science
What’s the Origin of “Chinese Fire Drills"?
The Nobel Winners Who Foiled the Führer
A Parrot’s First Flight
How Do Astronauts Scratch Their Noses on Space Walks?
Even Entomologists Are Scared of Spiders
Meet the American Boas
What is Ricin?
There’s Poop on the Moon


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