CLOSE

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.

History
That Time it Rained Flesh in Kentucky
Animals
Cuckoos Hide From Each Other with Camouflaged Eggs
Animals
Saving A Snake in Disguise
Science
Watch this Robot Get Back on its Feet
Animals
Vultures Find Food With a Little Help From Their Friends
Science
Eye of (Tony) the Tiger: Are Cereal Mascots Staring at Us?
Big Question
Why Do Witches Ride Brooms?
Food
The Mushrooms You're Eating for Dinner Could be a New Species
Big Question
Which Spider has the Craziest Bite?
History
Elva Zona Heaster: The Ghost Who Helped Solve Her Own Murder
Big Question
Is Kansas Really "Flatter than a Pancake"?
Animals
These Monkeys Use Scientists as “Human Shields”
Science
How Antlion Larvae Eat Without a Mouth
Food
Scientists Seek Perfect Pizza Cheese Blend
Big Question
Are Bees Really All That Busy?
Animals
Mosquitoes Get Bug Bites, Too
Big Question
Why is Ketchup So Hard to Pour?
Animals
Caterpillars' Fur Coats Protect them from Predators
Animals
The Beetle That Doubles as a Mass Transit System
Science
This Moth’s Love Song Has a Dual Meaning
Animals
Death by Anteater
The Presidents
George Washington’s Favorite Parasite
Big Question
Why Do We Have Eyebrows?
Food
Miles Davis’ Chili Recipe
Food
Does One Bad Apple Really Spoil the Whole Bunch?
Big Question
Why is it Called Salt Water Taffy?
Big Question
Why Do Some Elements Have Symbols That Aren’t in Their Names?
Animals
The Horrors of Anglerfish Mating
Big Question
Why Does Garlic Make Your Breath Smell So Bad?
Food
Recipes from History: Launch Beans
Animals
Adorable Primate Does an Impressive Impression of a Cobra
Animals
The Invasive Species That Couldn’t Invade
Big Question
Why Don't the Drinks in Outdoor Vending Machines Freeze?
Animals
A Tiny Spider’s Secret to Taking Down Big Prey
Big Question
How Do Fireworks Get Their Colors?
History
How the Canadian Provinces and Territories Got Their Names
Big Question
Why Do Seagulls Hang Out in Parking Lots?
Animals
Frogs Use Storm Drains for Better Mating Calls
Big Question
Why Did the Nazis Hijack the Swastika?
History
Did a Cow Really Cause the Great Chicago Fire?
Food
Why Do People Get Ice Cream Headaches?
Animals
Extinct Snakes Lead to Better Fakes
Animals
This Assassin Only Kills If Its Victim Strikes First
Big Question
Why Shouldn’t I Mix Batteries?
Animals
Gulls Turn Cannibal on Sundays
Science
Four Different Species Use the Same Odor to Exploit Each Other
Big Question
Why Do So Many Churches Have "First Church of" in their Names?
History
That Time America Attacked the British Isles
History
Silence of the Newts
Science
Galapagos Birds Beat Bloodsuckers with Pesticide-Lined Homes
MENTAL FLOSS

newsletter

A super-skimmable daily digest.