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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
(Almost) Everything We Know About the Orchid Mantis is Wrong
History
How the Philadelphia Suburbs Got Their Names
List
An Illustrated Field Guide to 5 of the Oldest Living Things on the Planet
Animals
For Some Animals, Baby's First Meal is Its Mother
Science
3 Gangsters of the Plant Kingdom
Science
Mongol Miners Were Extreme Polluters
Animals
This Spider Knows its Opponent’s Weaknesses
Science
Ants Make Little Toilets for their Nests
Videos
The World’s Scariest Mannequin Lives at the Bottom of the Ocean
Science
This Mysterious Caterpillar Builds a Toxic Fortress of a Cocoon
Science
This Bug Only Warns You Not to Attack It After You Attack It
Science
Bug’s Color is Warning for One Predator, Invisible to Another
Animals
Frogs Eat with Their Eyes—Literally
Weird Science
Using LEGO Bricks to Get a Handle on Delicate Bugs
Animals
This Weird Fish Swims Standing on its Head
Big Question
What Legal Authority Does Judge Judy Have?
Science
Me, Myself and iPhone: Mobile Phone Separation Anxiety Messes With People’s Attention
Animals
Fleet Foxes Might Hunt with Magnetic Fields
Animals
10 Animals You Don’t Want to Kiss
Weird Science
Killer Snail Hunts with Weaponized Insulin
Animals
This Fish Smells Like its Food to Avoid Becoming Food
List
11 Things You Can Borrow From Libraries Besides Books
Animals
These Flies Go Headhunting for Dinner
History
Scenes From the History of Snow Removal
Science
Pitcher Plants Catch More Bugs When Their Traps Take Time Off
Animals
Are Rabbits as Prolific as Everybody Says?
Animals
Snake Moms-To-Be Seek Out Toxic Prey
Big Question
Does Your Vote Get Counted If You Write In A Joke Candidate?
Big Question
Why Are Electrical Plugs Different in Europe?
Big Question
Do Pufferfish Hold Their Breath While Inflating Themselves?
Animals
Adorable Hummingbirds Stab Each Other With Their Tiny Beaks
Animals
Death Grip: Geckos Don’t Have to Do Anything to Be Sticky
History
Meet the Real James Bond
Animals
“Cuckoo” Butterflies Get Ants to Raise their Kids
Animals
Hibernating Bats Don’t Forget
Animals
Seals Might Eavesdrop on Scientific Equipment to get Easy Meals
Animals
How to Knock Out an Octopus
History
Gentleman Scientist Andrew Crosse's Extraordinary Experiment
Big Question
Why Does the Scent of Blood Attract Carnivores?
Animals
Get to Know the Turkey Species You Don't Eat
History
Gladiators Drank Ancient, Ashy Nutritional Drinks
Big Question
Why Don't Woodpeckers Get Brain Damage?
Big Question
Why Do Dogs Sniff Each Other's Butts?
Animals
Bats Jam Each Other Up When They’re Looking for Food
List
4 Surprising Things That Actually Make Entertainment Better
Weird Science
Scientists Make 3D-Printed Harness to Study Spider Brains
Weird Science
A Brief History of Real Life “Werewolves”
Science
Some Plants Might Protect Themselves with Fake Spiderwebs
Weird Science
The Weird Physics of H.P. Lovecraft’s "Corpse-City," R’lyeh
Animals
Bats Listen for the Sounds of Fly Sex
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