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 Do the Olympic Rings Mean?
Why Don't Valentine Hearts Look Like Real Hearts?
What Happens to the Losing Team's Pre-Printed Championship Shirts?
Why Does Santa Claus Give Coal to Bad Kids?
Why Does Turkey Make You Tired?
Why Do We Wish on the Turkey’s Wishbone?
What’s the Origin of Jack-O’-Lanterns?
Why Do Baseball Managers Wear Uniforms?
Why Do We Sing the National Anthem at Sporting Events?
What’s the Difference Between “Mostly Sunny” and “Partly Cloudy”?
Why Do Limbs 'Fall Asleep'?
Why Does Bottled Water Have an Expiration Date?
Why Are Barber Poles Red, White, and Blue?
Why Are Pancakes Always Round?
Why Did NORAD Start Tracking Santa?
Why Yellow Woodpeckers Are Turning Red
Starling Nests Make Huge Feasts for Pigs, Snakes, Insects, and Turkeys
Bat Poop Might Be Turning Gabon’s Cave Crocodiles Orange
This Crab's Secret to a Happy Relationship Is a Turtle's Butt
Why Does Your Nose Get Stuffy One Nostril at a Time?
7 Animals You Didn't Know Could Catch Some Air
Some Sloths Are More Slothful Than Others
15 Unflappable Facts About Mallards
8 Times Very Different Animals Evolved Very Similar Traits
6 Honking Facts About Canada Geese
Why Does Salt Kill Slugs?
Why Do Brood V Cicadas Spend 17 Years Underground?
15 Fighting Facts About Siamese Fighting Fish
Where Did The Easter Bunny Come From?
Real or Fake: The Names Behind 12 Famous Food Brands
Scientists Measure Secretary Birds’ Ridiculously Powerful Kicks
Morals, Mammaries, and the Invention of the Stethoscope
This Snail's Sex Change Is Triggered by Touch
Ancient Mesoamericans Kept and Bred Dangerous Predators 1000 Years Earlier Than We Thought
Infrared Video Shows How Hummingbirds Shed Heat Through Their Eyes and Feet
11 Famous Mayflower Descendants
Why Does Snow Squeak When You Step On It?
15 Big, Furry Facts About Polar Bears
When Poachers Kill Their Mothers, Elephant Daughters Hold Social Networks Together
These Parrots Are the First Animals to Use Grinding Tools
12 Cool Species Discovered in 2015
Hippos Eat Way More Meat than We Thought, and It Can Make Them Sick
Sticky Plants Protect Themselves with a Deadly 'Siren Song'
Fleas Need Fresh Air
Ant Colonies Earn Their 'Superorganism' Reputation
In a First for Fish, Needlefish Attack Prey from the Air
How Some Birds Evolved to Build Protected Nests
Carnivorous Plant Uses Rain to Spring Its Trap
How Bugs From Australia Settled African Islands
Caterpillars Get Infection-Fighting Genes From Parasitic Wasps


A super-skimmable daily digest.