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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.

Big Question
What Are the Santa Ana Winds?
The Week
Why Don't Octopuses Get Stuck to Themselves?
Big Question
What Makes Magic Shell So Magic?
Science
A Treasure Trove of Parasitic Wasps
Big Question
Do Big Cats Bury Their Poop?
Science
Some Animals Give Poison Presents
Animals
The Orange Cave Crocodiles of Gabon
Animals
Birds Steer Clear of Invisible Roads
Big Question
Why Do I Sometimes Scratch One Body Part and Feel It on Another?
Big Question
What Do the Ms on M&M's Stand For, and How Do They Get Them on There?
Animals
These Baby Birds Puke on Predators with Third-Hand Weapons
Animals
Some Birds Benefit From Having Parasites
Animals
Some Bats Call “Dibs” on Food
Sports
The Rise and Fall of the Bullpen Car
Big Question
How Much Pee in a Pool is Too Much Pee?
Big Question
What is the Funny Bone, and Why Does Hitting It Hurt So Much?
Science
This Carnivorous Plant Uses A Catapult
Animals
The Curious Case of the Flying Communist Bears
Animals
These Spiders Use Unlikely Bodyguards
Animals
Meet the Owl that Fishes with Feces
Animals
Tape, Glue, and New Kakapo
Big Question
Why Does Inhaling Helium Make Your Voice Sound Funny?
The Week
How Rain Helped the Mongols Conquer Asia
Big Question
Do Cows Moo in Different Accents?
Animals
3 Sneaky Chemical Tricks Used by Animals
Big Question
What’s the Oldest Trick in the Book?
List
15 Places With Strange Names (and How They Got Them)
History
The Epic Battle Over Congressional Seating
Animals
Adorable Agoutis Have Good Reason to Go to Bed Early
History
Darwin's Beetle, Lost and Found
Animals
What Spitting Cobras are Aiming For
Big Question
Why Don't Valentine Hearts Look Like Real Hearts?
Weird Science
"Parapsychologist" Finds Mental Disorders in the Dead
Big Question
Where Did the Chicken Nugget Come From?
Science
Ants Shape Their Bodies to the Jobs They Do
Animals
The Mystery of the Sloth Poop
Science
That Snow Down South Is Fake, Say Conspiracy Theorists
Big Question
How Do Squatter’s Rights Work?
Science
This Caterpillar’s Stink Breath Keeps the Spiders Away
Big Question
Can You Actually Be Bored to Death?
Big Question
Do Sharks Really Not Get Cancer?
Big Question
What Are the Seven Seas?
Big Question
Man vs. Beast: Is a Dog's Mouth Really Cleaner Than a Human's?
Science
Meet the World’s Only Known Venomous Crustacean
List
3 Conflicts Sparked by Food
Science
These Ants Use Mercenaries to Fight for Them
Big Question
Do Racehorses Really Pee All That Much?
History
The Time Ben Franklin and John Adams Shared a Bed
Big Question
Can Anyone Just Make a Citizen’s Arrest?
History
How the Führer Stole Christmas
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