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.

This Snail's Sex Change Is Triggered by Touch
Ancient Mesoamericans Kept and Bred Dangerous Predators 1000 Years Earlier Than We Thought
Infrared Video Shows How Hummingbirds Shed Heat Through Their Eyes and Feet
11 Famous Mayflower Descendants
Why Does Snow Squeak When You Step On It?
15 Big, Furry Facts About Polar Bears
When Poachers Kill Their Mothers, Elephant Daughters Hold Social Networks Together
These Parrots Are the First Animals to Use Grinding Tools
12 Cool Species Discovered in 2015
Hippos Eat Way More Meat than We Thought, and It Can Make Them Sick
Sticky Plants Protect Themselves with a Deadly 'Siren Song'
Fleas Need Fresh Air
Ant Colonies Earn Their 'Superorganism' Reputation
In a First for Fish, Needlefish Attack Prey from the Air
How Some Birds Evolved to Build Protected Nests
Carnivorous Plant Uses Rain to Spring Its Trap
How Bugs From Australia Settled African Islands
Caterpillars Get Infection-Fighting Genes From Parasitic Wasps
Why Do We Go Trick-or-Treating on Halloween?
Even Deadbeat Bird Parents Keep an Eye on Their Kids
Counting Wolves by Looking at Their Howls
This Frog Escapes Danger by Running Toward It
Weird Sea Slug Sniffs Out and Steals Its Food’s Defenses
These Caterpillars Trick Plants With Their Poop
Great White Sharks Hunt With Help From the Sun
How All 50 States Got Their Names
Meet the Bird that Imprisons its Prey
Corals' Competitors Can Be Accomplices Against Starfish
Fungus Kills its Victims and Makes Them More Attractive
An Aquarium is Looking for Puzzles for its Clever Octopus
The Elephants in the Room: Watch a Herd Walk through a Hotel
Ancient Ants Farm a Fancy New Fungus
Seagulls in Namibia Are Attacking Baby Seals
Vikings May Have Settled Greenland for Walrus Tusks
Boars Caught Washing Their Food
Beetle Tricks Ants by Speaking their Language(s)
Beavers are 'Haunted' by the Ghosts of Hunters
Why is this Woodpecker Disguised as Another Woodpecker?
Saving Shrimp Might Help Combat Disease and Turn a Profit
Why Do Goats Have Such Weird Eyes?
Tiny Islands Favor Tougher, Darker Birds
Some Spiders Can “Sail” Across Water
Fish Feces Builds Beautiful Beaches
Study Shows Some Worker Ants Don’t Work At All
Does Drinking Alcohol Kill Brain Cells?
The Strange Tale of the Snail that 'Rose from the Dead'
How to Massage a Komodo Dragon
These Weird Sea Creatures Puke Their Guts Up in Self-Defense
A Parasite in Bishop’s Clothing: Some Cuckoos Mimic Innocent Birds to Sneak into Nests
Birds that Sleep In Get Stuck Raising Others’ Kids


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