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.

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
(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
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


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