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.

What is a Pigeonhole?
Why Does Skin Get Pruney in the Tub?
45 Everyday Words that Mean Something Different to WWII Navy Veterans
How Did 6 Feet Become the Standard Grave Depth?
The Late Movies: The Ramones
Why Do Chile Peppers Make People Cough?
How to Build a Blue Whale Without Having Seen One: Part II
How to Build a Blue Whale Without Having Seen One: Part I
Why Do Flocks of Geese Fly in a “V” Shape?
What Ever Happened to Acid Rain?
Will There Be a Hurricane Sandy Baby Boom?
There Are Only 22 Countries in the World That the British Haven’t Invaded
How the Presidency Sort of, Maybe, Almost Might Have Gotten Cursed
How Do Blood Pressure Tests Work, And What Do Those Numbers Mean?
What Were They Thinking?: The Psychology of Riding Out the Storm
Why Do Dogs Kick Their Legs When You Scratch Their Bellies?
How Do Hurricanes Get Their Names?
Do People Really Walk in Circles When They’re Lost?
Jim Thorpe: The Man, The Myth, the Small Pennsylvania Town
Why Do We Say “Pardon My French” When We Curse?
On The Table With One of History’s Most Infamous Surgeons
What's Up With "10-4" And Other Radio Lingo?
The Life And Times Of The MGM Lion
What a Big Baby: The Life and Times of the Paradox Frog
Mmmm, Brains: Everything You Wanted to Know About Cannibalism But Were Afraid to Ask
What is Rubella?
Why Is Cranberry Juice Good For UTIs?
Happy Alaska Day (and an Alaska Fact You Never Thought You’d Hear)
Why Is Abruptly Quitting Something Called "Going Cold Turkey"?
50 Prison Slang Words To Make You Sound Like a Tough Guy
The Social Security Number, A Biography: Part 3
Why Are Blueprints Blue?
The Social Security Number, A Biography: Part 2
How Do Tongue Twisters Twist The Tongue?
Slow, but Scary, Killer Snails
The Social Security Number, A Biography: Part 1
Is It True That T. Rex Could Only See Things That Were Moving?
How & Why Do Leaves Change Color?
People Give Kudos All The Time, But What is a Kudo?
Does Eating Celery Really Result in Negative Calories?
Why Are People Who Cross Picket Lines Called "Scabs"?
Was Manhattan Really Bought for $24?
The Late Movies: The Smashing Pumpkins
Are Carrots Really That Good For Your Eyes?
Why Do We Have Fingerprints?
Space Madness: The Psychosis That Never Happened
John James Audubon's Discovery of a Bird That Might Not Exist
The Nazis Were on to Continental Drift Before Everyone Else
Why Are Bottles of Champagne Smashed On New Ships?
Witchcraft and the Art of Winemaking


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