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.

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
Why Do Seagulls Hang Out in Parking Lots?
Frogs Use Storm Drains for Better Mating Calls
Why Did the Nazis Hijack the Swastika?
Did a Cow Really Cause the Great Chicago Fire?
Extinct Snakes Lead to Better Fakes
This Assassin Only Kills If Its Victim Strikes First
Why Shouldn’t I Mix Batteries?
Gulls Turn Cannibal on Sundays
Four Different Species Use the Same Odor to Exploit Each Other
Why Do So Many Churches Have "First Church of" in their Names?
That Time America Attacked the British Isles
Silence of the Newts
Galapagos Birds Beat Bloodsuckers with Pesticide-Lined Homes
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?
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)


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