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.

Why Do We Have Fingerprints?
Space Madness: The Psychosis That Never Happened
John James Audubon's Discovery of a Bird That Might Not Exist
The Nazis Were on to Continental Drift Before Everyone Else
Why Are Bottles of Champagne Smashed On New Ships?
Witchcraft and the Art of Winemaking
Understanding Diner Lingo: 55 Phrases to Get You Started
Too Big to Fail: The Murderer Who Tried to Eat His Way Off Death Row
Why Does Alcohol Cause the Spins?
New York City’s Mad Bomber and His Patriotic Break
Why Does Your Stomach Growl?
The Life and Times of America's First Murderer
Why Can You Taste Your Eye Drops?
Why Do So Many Countries End in "-stan"?
Cold War: The Legal Battle Between Good Humor and the Popsicle Corporation
Name That Tune: What's the Song That Clock Chimes Play?
Why Does Bad Weather Aggravate Old Injuries?
Why Do Moths Eat Clothes?
Why Do Crabs and Lobsters Turn Red When You Cook Them?
Why Aren't There B Batteries?
How Do Cats Purr?
Could You Deposit One of Those Giant Novelty Checks?
How Did the Chicken Cross the Ocean?
How Ben Franklin Became a Colonel in the Pennsylvania Militia
Crime Doesn't Pay (Well): The Economics of Bank Robberies
Morbid Road Trip: Medical Oddities Around the World
Does Peeing on a Jellyfish Sting Actually Help?
Does Wedding Rice Really Make Birds Explode?
The Science of "Breaking the Seal"
What Causes Eye Floaters?
How Much Gold is in a Gold Medal?
How Do Touchscreens Work?
What's the Point? The Pyramid Atop the Washington Monument
The Flying Pinto That Killed Its Inventor
How an 18th-Century Mutiny May Help Explain Migraine Headaches
How Smartphones Could Keep Psychology From Getting Too WEIRD
Who Wrote "Happy Birthday to You" (and Who's Collecting the Millions in Royalties)?
Who Ensures That "No Animals Were Harmed in the Making of This Film"?
Why Is Bird Poop White?
Walk This Way: The History of the Moving Sidewalk
What Causes "Old Book Smell"?
How Did Nickelodeon Make Green Slime?
Is It Really Illegal to Remove Your Mattress Tag?
10 Ways You Can Use Your Smartphone to Advance Science
Why Does Getting Hit in the Testicles Hurt So Much?
What's the Origin of "Let the Cat out of the Bag"?
What Is Greenwich Mean Time?
Why Don't Spiders Get Stuck in Their Webs?
Why Do Flamingos Stand On One Leg?
How Do Glowsticks Glow?
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