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.

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
How Do They Make the Pope Smoke?
The Corpse That Fooled Hitler
Painting Frogs, Licking Wounds & Other Adventures with Poisonous Animals
Why Does Poop Stink?
Meerkat Matriarchs Are Selfish Street Crossers
Did Pirates Really Make People Walk the Plank?
One Witness to the Lincoln Assassination Might Have Been Alive During Your Lifetime
It's Not Easy Potty Training A Cow
Why Aren't You Supposed to Wake a Sleepwalker?
A Song of the South, Born in the North
Has a U.S. River Run Backwards Before?
How Are Shrunken Heads Made?
Why is a Fake Doctor Called a Quack?
He Could Have Discovered America, but He Wanted to See His Parents
What’s the Difference Between a Boat and a Ship?
The Idea for the Fax Machine Has Been Around for 170 Years
In What Field Was Martin Luther King, Jr. a Doctor?
Why is the Flu Seasonal?
Are Pubic Lice Really Going Extinct?
Why Do We Measure Engines in Terms of Horsepower?
Why Do Whales and Other Marine Mammals Beach Themselves?
Where Did the Looney Tunes “Acme Corporation” Come From?
How Do Smoke Alarms Work?
Why Does Popcorn Pop?
Can People Really Smell Fear?
How a Nickel and a Paperboy Brought Down a Cold War Spy
Why Did "The Ukraine" Become Just "Ukraine"?
Over the Borderline: The Little Bit of Minnesota That Could Have Gone Canadian
Fish Markets: Cooperation and Competition in the Undersea "Economy"
Great Paybacks/Strange Deaths in History: The Earl and the Vengeful Head
The True Story of the Southwick Jog
Why Is Toy Packaging So Difficult to Open?
What are Frankincense and Myrrh, Anyway?
Can Bacteria and Viruses Get Sick?
Tear Out This Line: How Reagan’s Most Famous Words Almost Got Silenced
What Does SOS Stand For?
Do Cameras Really Add 10 Pounds?
Are Poinsettias as Dangerous as Everyone Says?
Preserving the President: Abraham Lincoln, Grave Robbers, and an Excellent Embalmer
More Than You Ever Needed to Know About Mistletoe
The First Christmas Card Was Sent in 1843
Dirty Laundry and Civil War Espionage
When and Where Was the First Car Accident?
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