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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.

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