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.

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
Do Lobsters Really Mate for Life?
Fish Markets: Cooperation and Competition in the Undersea "Economy"
Corn Flakes Were Invented as Part of an Anti-Masturbation Crusade
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?
Why Are Flea Markets Called That?
Cheap, Sustainable Bricks Made from Cow Blood
Why Do They Click That Board Thing Before Filming A Movie Scene?
Chasing Bookworms: What Missing Art Can Tell You About Insects


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