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.

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


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