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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.

Animals
Even Deadbeat Bird Parents Keep an Eye on Their Kids
Science
Counting Wolves by Looking at Their Howls
Animals
This Frog Escapes Danger by Running Toward It
Science
Weird Sea Slug Sniffs Out and Steals Its Food’s Defenses
Science
These Caterpillars Trick Plants With Their Poop
Animals
Great White Sharks Hunt With Help From the Sun
History
How All 50 States Got Their Names
Animals
Meet the Bird that Imprisons its Prey
Science
Corals' Competitors Can Be Accomplices Against Starfish
Science
Fungus Kills its Victims and Makes Them More Attractive
Animals
An Aquarium is Looking for Puzzles for its Clever Octopus
Animals
The Elephants in the Room: Watch a Herd Walk through a Hotel
Science
Ancient Ants Farm a Fancy New Fungus
Science
Seagulls in Namibia Are Attacking Baby Seals
Science
Vikings May Have Settled Greenland for Walrus Tusks
Science
Boars Caught Washing Their Food
Science
Beetle Tricks Ants by Speaking their Language(s)
Science
Beavers are 'Haunted' by the Ghosts of Hunters
Science
Why is this Woodpecker Disguised as Another Woodpecker?
Science
Saving Shrimp Might Help Combat Disease and Turn a Profit
Animals
Why Do Goats Have Such Weird Eyes?
Science
Tiny Islands Favor Tougher, Darker Birds
Science
Some Spiders Can “Sail” Across Water
Science
Fish Feces Builds Beautiful Beaches
Animals
Study Shows Some Worker Ants Don’t Work At All
Big Question
Does Drinking Alcohol Kill Brain Cells?
History
The Strange Tale of the Snail that 'Rose from the Dead'
Animals
How to Massage a Komodo Dragon
Science
These Weird Sea Creatures Puke Their Guts Up in Self-Defense
Animals
A Parasite in Bishop’s Clothing: Some Cuckoos Mimic Innocent Birds to Sneak into Nests
Animals
Birds that Sleep In Get Stuck Raising Others’ Kids
History
Super Soakers: When the Dutch Used Floods as Weapons
List
Where Are They Now? 8 Things That Terrified Us in the '90s
Big Question
Why Are The Best Competitive Eaters So Skinny?
Science
Most Mountains Aren’t Shaped Like You Think They Are
Science
How a Lying Plant Steals from a Thieving Fly
Science
For Birds,It Pays to Follow the Monkey
Science
DNA Study Reveals the Panther Chameleon is Really 11 Different Species
History
How a Bird in New Zealand Went from Hero to Public Enemy
Science
Some Reptiles Stay Warm with Help from Birds
Science
Scientists Uncover a New Species in Owl Pellets
Science
Flowers are Pharmacies for Sick Bees
Animals
Crows Take Care of Their Tools
Science
The World’s Oldest Broken Bone Gives a Peek at Early Life on Land
Science
What the Granddaddy of all Snakes Looked Like
Animals
Stressed-Out Bluebird Moms Can Shape Entire Bird Communities
Fun
Essential Talking Points for the Dark Ride Enthusiast
Animals
Vultures Surf on Humans’ Hot Air
Animals
Male Sea Lions are Lazy Mama’s Boys
Animals
(Almost) Everything We Know About the Orchid Mantis is Wrong
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