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.

How Are Speed Limits Enforced by Aircraft?
Why Won’t These Bugs Cross This Line?
Zombies, Fire Drills, and Bad Decision-Making
Toys, Trampling and Tragedy: The Victoria Hall Disaster
No, Ben Franklin Didn’t Want a Turkey on the Great Seal
Free Bird: The History of Presidential Turkey Pardoning
What’s That Thing that Hangs Off a Turkey’s Face?
What Does The TSA Do With Your Confiscated Stuff?
Do Fetuses Go to the Bathroom in the Womb?
Meet the Vampire Spider
What’s the Deal with Those Last 4 Digits on ZIP Codes?
Is Home Field Advantage Real?
Some Spiders Can Eat Bats
Do Big Cats Also Love Catnip?
What Does Marijuana Do to Spiders?
How Do You Juice a Prune?
11 Bloody Facts About Vampire Bats
11 Ways the Government Shutdown Affects Science
What’s the Origin of “Chinese Fire Drills"?
The Nobel Winners Who Foiled the Führer
A Parrot’s First Flight
How Do Astronauts Scratch Their Noses on Space Walks?
Even Entomologists Are Scared of Spiders
Meet the American Boas
What is Ricin?
There’s Poop on the Moon
Who Are Harry and David?
The Parasite and the Parrot: A Love Story
Wait, What Does the Fox Say?
If You Fell Into a Volcano, How Would You Die?
How Do You Renounce Your Citizenship?
7 Things You Should Know About Bourbon
Why Does the Road Look Wet on Hot Days?
Why Do Our Voices Sound Different to Us Than to Other People?
Gifs Explained: Exploding Coffee
Why Do the Chinese Farm Cockroaches?
How the Indianapolis Neighborhood Venerable Flackville Got Its Name
Monkeys Use Mosquito Repellent, Too
Is it OK to Shower in a Thunderstorm?
Nuclear Bombs Could be Used to Fight Wildlife Poachers (But Not in the Way You're Thinking)
How Do Hurricanes Get Their Names? (and Other Hurricane FAQs)
Was Singapore’s Independence an Accident?
What’s the World’s Longest Running Science Experiment?
Meet the Wasp that Turns Spiders into Zombie Construction Workers
What’s the Longest Prison Sentence Ever Received?
Where Do You Go to the Bathroom During a Riot?
Why Can You Only Travel With 3.4 Ounces of Liquids?
Are the High Seas a Criminal Paradise?
How Edgar Allan Poe Got Himself Kicked Out of the Army
Who Gets the Royalties from "Happy Birthday to You"?


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