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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, Philly.com and others. He tweets as @mattsoniak and blogs about animal behavior at mattsoniak.com. He lives in Philadelphia with his girlfriend, two cats and a large collection of bourbon whiskeys.

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What’s the Difference Between “Mostly Sunny” and “Partly Cloudy”?
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Why Do Limbs 'Fall Asleep'?
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Why Does Bottled Water Have an Expiration Date?
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Why Are Barber Poles Red, White, and Blue?
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Why Are Pancakes Always Round?
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What Happens to the Losing Team's Championship Shirts?
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Why Did NORAD Start Tracking Santa?
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Why Does Santa Claus Give Coal to Bad Kids?
Animals
Why Yellow Woodpeckers Are Turning Red
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Why Do We Wish on the Turkey’s Wishbone?
Animals
Starling Nests Make Huge Feasts for Pigs, Snakes, Insects, and Turkeys
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Why Does Turkey Make You Tired?
Animals
Bat Poop Might Be Turning Gabon’s Cave Crocodiles Orange
Science
This Crab's Secret to a Happy Relationship Is a Turtle's Butt
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Why Does Your Nose Get Stuffy One Nostril at a Time?
History
What’s the Origin of Jack-O’-Lanterns?
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What's So Continental About a Continental Breakfast?
Animals
7 Animals You Didn't Know Could Catch Some Air
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Some Sloths Are More Slothful Than Others
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What Do the Olympic Rings Mean?
Animals
15 Unflappable Facts About Mallards
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8 Times Very Different Animals Evolved Very Similar Traits
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6 Honking Facts About Canada Geese
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Why Does Salt Kill Slugs?
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Why Do Brood V Cicadas Spend 17 Years Underground?
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15 Fighting Facts About Siamese Fighting Fish
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Where Did The Easter Bunny Come From?
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Real or Fake: The Names Behind 12 Famous Food Brands
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Scientists Measure Secretary Birds’ Ridiculously Powerful Kicks
History
Morals, Mammaries, and the Invention of the Stethoscope
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This Snail's Sex Change Is Triggered by Touch
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Ancient Mesoamericans Kept and Bred Dangerous Predators 1000 Years Earlier Than We Thought
Science
Infrared Video Shows How Hummingbirds Shed Heat Through Their Eyes and Feet
History
11 Famous Mayflower Descendants
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Why Does Snow Squeak When You Step On It?
Animals
15 Big, Furry Facts About Polar Bears
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When Poachers Kill Their Mothers, Elephant Daughters Hold Social Networks Together
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These Parrots Are the First Animals to Use Grinding Tools
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12 Cool Species Discovered in 2015
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Hippos Eat Way More Meat than We Thought, and It Can Make Them Sick
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Sticky Plants Protect Themselves with a Deadly 'Siren Song'
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Fleas Need Fresh Air
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Ant Colonies Earn Their 'Superorganism' Reputation
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In a First for Fish, Needlefish Attack Prey from the Air
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How Some Birds Evolved to Build Protected Nests
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Carnivorous Plant Uses Rain to Spring Its Trap
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How Bugs From Australia Settled African Islands
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Caterpillars Get Infection-Fighting Genes From Parasitic Wasps
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Why Do We Go Trick-or-Treating on Halloween?
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Even Deadbeat Bird Parents Keep an Eye on Their Kids
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