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.

Can You Actually Cough Up A Lung?
What Causes “Old Person Smell”?
How Do Muslims Fast for Ramadan if There’s No Sunset?
A Crudely Drawn Penis Almost Derailed Huckleberry Finn
What Are Smithereens?
Do Loose Lips Really Sink Ships?
Does a Refrigerator Make a Good Faraday Cage?
How Spiders Win the Lottery
What Are the Chances There's Actually a Doctor in the House?
Almost Everything You Need to Know About Tear Gas
Your Vegetables Know What Time It Is
Does the "Hand in Warm Water" Trick Really Work?
10 Questions Still Baffling Scientists
What's the Origin of "Kilroy Was Here"?
Why Does Everything Taste Bad After You Brush Your Teeth?
How 8 Famous Writers Chose Their Pen Names
Why Do Athletes Slap Each Others’ Butts?
Why Is It So Easy to Slip Someone Antifreeze?
How Many Spiders Do You Really Swallow in Your Sleep?
UPDATE: Does Being Cold Make You More Susceptible to Getting a Cold?
Plight of the Living Dead: 10 Case Reports of Cotard’s Syndrome
Why Do Worms Surface After Rain?
Why Do We Tan?
Why Do We Say "The Butler Did It"?
Why Do Black Shirts Get Hot in the Sun?
That Time Some Mental Patients Beat Cambridge’s Chess Team
How Would Carnies Rig "Tubs of Fun"?
No Rest for the Wicked: What Becomes of Bad Guys' Bodies?
Why Do We Feel Hot in Temperatures Lower Than Our Body Temp?
What the Heck is Going On With This Ice?
How Does a Plastic Bag Fix a Buggy Credit Card?
How Did Caesarean Sections Get Their Name?
How Does the FCC Find Naughty Language?
Why Don’t Cell Phones Have Dial Tones?
The Saint Who Played Sax
Why Are White People Called Caucasian?
Where Do the Words “Mom” and “Dad” Come From?
Why Do We Knock on Wood?
The Late Movies: Bluegrass Covers
Kiddo, the Airborne Cat
Where Did the Phrase “Dressed to the Nines” Come From?
The First Man in the Boston Stocks Was the Man Who Built Them
How Much Does a Cloud Weigh?
Book From 1445 Shows Cats Have Always Been a Handful
How Did Pabst Blue Ribbon Win its Blue Ribbon?
Why Do Cicadas Spend So Much Time Underground?
Can You Fire the Pope?
That Other Time Someone Tried to Get the British to Eat Horses
Why Don’t Big Dogs Live as Long as Small Dogs?
Meet the Tadpole with Teeth


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