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.

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
Super Soakers: When the Dutch Used Floods as Weapons
Where Are They Now? 8 Things That Terrified Us in the '90s
Why Are The Best Competitive Eaters So Skinny?
Most Mountains Aren’t Shaped Like You Think They Are
How a Lying Plant Steals from a Thieving Fly
For Birds,It Pays to Follow the Monkey
DNA Study Reveals the Panther Chameleon is Really 11 Different Species
How a Bird in New Zealand Went from Hero to Public Enemy
Some Reptiles Stay Warm with Help from Birds
Scientists Uncover a New Species in Owl Pellets
Flowers are Pharmacies for Sick Bees
Crows Take Care of Their Tools
The World’s Oldest Broken Bone Gives a Peek at Early Life on Land
What the Granddaddy of all Snakes Looked Like
Stressed-Out Bluebird Moms Can Shape Entire Bird Communities
Essential Talking Points for the Dark Ride Enthusiast
Vultures Surf on Humans’ Hot Air
Male Sea Lions are Lazy Mama’s Boys


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