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.

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


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