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.

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
Bats Listen for the Sounds of Fly Sex
That Time it Rained Flesh in Kentucky
Cuckoos Hide From Each Other with Camouflaged Eggs
Saving A Snake in Disguise
Watch this Robot Get Back on its Feet
Vultures Find Food With a Little Help From Their Friends
Eye of (Tony) the Tiger: Are Cereal Mascots Staring at Us?
Why Do Witches Ride Brooms?
The Mushrooms You're Eating for Dinner Could be a New Species
Which Spider has the Craziest Bite?
Elva Zona Heaster: The Ghost Who Helped Solve Her Own Murder
Is Kansas Really "Flatter than a Pancake"?
These Monkeys Use Scientists as “Human Shields”
How Antlion Larvae Eat Without a Mouth
Scientists Seek Perfect Pizza Cheese Blend
Are Bees Really All That Busy?
Mosquitoes Get Bug Bites, Too
Why is Ketchup So Hard to Pour?
Caterpillars' Fur Coats Protect them from Predators
The Beetle That Doubles as a Mass Transit System
This Moth’s Love Song Has a Dual Meaning
Death by Anteater
George Washington’s Favorite Parasite
Why Do We Have Eyebrows?
Does One Bad Apple Really Spoil the Whole Bunch?
Why is it Called Salt Water Taffy?
Why Do Some Elements Have Symbols That Aren’t in Their Names?
The Horrors of Anglerfish Mating
Why Does Garlic Make Your Breath Smell So Bad?
Recipes from History: Launch Beans
Adorable Primate Does an Impressive Impression of a Cobra
The Invasive Species That Couldn’t Invade
Why Don't the Drinks in Outdoor Vending Machines Freeze?
A Tiny Spider’s Secret to Taking Down Big Prey
How Do Fireworks Get Their Colors?
How the Canadian Provinces and Territories Got Their Names
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