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's the Difference Between a Street and a Road?
Why Does Everything Look Green Through Night Vision Goggles?
How Do Baby Birds Breathe Inside Their Eggs?
How Did the Term "Open a Can of Worms" Originate?
Do You Own The Space Above Your House?
Why is the Retirement Age 65?
Why Does 60-Degree Water Feel Colder Than 60-Degree Air?
Sex Toys for Winter Tomatoes
How Does Glow-in-the-Dark Stuff Work?
Can You Really Tell How Close Lightning is by Listening for Thunder?
Why Do People Feel Phantom Cellphone Vibrations?
How Aunt Jemima Changed U.S. Trademark Law
Why Are Traffic Lights Red and Green?
Four Years Before Women Had the Right to Vote, Jeannette Rankin Was Elected to Congress
What’s the Difference Between ( ), [ ], { } and < >?
Why Do the Sun and the Moon Appear to be the Same Size?
How One Grieving Father Got Lawn Darts Banned
Morbid Road Trip: American Medical Oddities
Why Are There Different Names for the Same Country?
In Defense of the Mosquito: 10 Things to Know About Summer’s Biggest Annoyance
What Do Snakes and Sticks Have to Do With Doctors?
Why Do Beans Make You Fart?
What's Up With Those Green Potato Chips You Sometimes Find?
When Did the FBI Start Using “Wanted” Posters?
Why Do We Capitalize “I”?
Why Do Scientists Measure Things by Half-Life?
Does Being Cold Make You More Susceptible to Getting a Cold?
Why Is the Mob Often Tied to the Garbage Industry?
Where Does the Phrase "Steal My Thunder" Come From?
What Happens if You Drive Off With the Gas Pump Nozzle Still in the Car?
What Exactly is Quicksand?
Why Do Paper Cuts Hurt So Much?
10 Stainless Steel, Spring-Loaded Things You Should Know About the Swiss Army Knife (Now With a Corkscrew!)
What Do Chickens Have to Do With Chicken Pox?
Crazy Talk: A Jealous Congressman and America's First Insanity Defense
Could Humans Hibernate?
Is It Bad to Use the Same Plastic Water Bottle Every Day?
The Late Movies: The Best Simpsons Songs
What Causes That "Fresh Cut Grass" Smell?
Can a Foil Hat Keep People (or Aliens) From Reading Your Thoughts?
Why Do We Scream "Geronimo" When Jumping From Things?
What is an Adam's Apple?
Remembering Levon Helm
Morbid Road Trip: The Scattered Artifacts of Lincoln’s Assassination
Why Do Bugs Turn Over on Their Backs When They Die?
Why Do Dogs Stick Their Heads Out of Car Windows?
That Time They Found Those Bodies in Ben Franklin's Basement
FUSAG: The Ghost Army of World War II
The Defense Rests (in Peace): How a Civil War Rabble-Rouser Went Out With a Bang
Why Some Civil War Soldiers Glowed in the Dark


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