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.

What the Heck is Going On With This Ice?
How Does a Plastic Bag Fix a Buggy Credit Card?
How Did Caesarean Sections Get Their Name?
How Does the FCC Find Naughty Language?
Why Don’t Cell Phones Have Dial Tones?
The Saint Who Played Sax
Why Are White People Called Caucasian?
Where Do the Words “Mom” and “Dad” Come From?
The Late Movies: Bluegrass Covers
Kiddo, the Airborne Cat
Where Did the Phrase “Dressed to the Nines” Come From?
The First Man in the Boston Stocks Was the Man Who Built Them
How Much Does a Cloud Weigh?
Book From 1445 Shows Cats Have Always Been a Handful
How Did Pabst Blue Ribbon Win its Blue Ribbon?
Why Do Cicadas Spend So Much Time Underground?
Can You Fire the Pope?
That Other Time Someone Tried to Get the British to Eat Horses
Why Don’t Big Dogs Live as Long as Small Dogs?
Meet the Tadpole with Teeth
How Do They Make the Pope Smoke?
The Corpse That Fooled Hitler
Painting Frogs, Licking Wounds & Other Adventures with Poisonous Animals
Why Does Poop Stink?
Meerkat Matriarchs Are Selfish Street Crossers
Did Pirates Really Make People Walk the Plank?
One Witness to the Lincoln Assassination Might Have Been Alive During Your Lifetime
It's Not Easy Potty Training A Cow
Why Aren't You Supposed to Wake a Sleepwalker?
A Song of the South, Born in the North
Has a U.S. River Run Backwards Before?
How Are Shrunken Heads Made?
Why is a Fake Doctor Called a Quack?
He Could Have Discovered America, but He Wanted to See His Parents
What’s the Difference Between a Boat and a Ship?
The Idea for the Fax Machine Has Been Around for 170 Years
Why is the Flu Seasonal?
Are Pubic Lice Really Going Extinct?
Why Do We Measure Engines in Terms of Horsepower?
Why Do Whales Beach Themselves?
Where Did the Looney Tunes “Acme Corporation” Come From?
How Do Smoke Alarms Work?
Why Does Popcorn Pop?
Can People Really Smell Fear?
How a Nickel and a Paperboy Brought Down a Cold War Spy
Why Did "The Ukraine" Become Just "Ukraine"?
Over the Borderline: The Little Bit of Minnesota That Could Have Gone Canadian
Fish Markets: Cooperation and Competition in the Undersea "Economy"
Great Paybacks/Strange Deaths in History: The Earl and the Vengeful Head
The True Story of the Southwick Jog


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