Yesterday I heard a segment on NPR that made me pull over so I could crib a few notes for this post. The segment was about Travelodge, a hotel chain that has a policy of returning all items left behind by its guests. The items in question aren't the usual phone chargers, sunglasses or jacket. They're stuffed animals. Left behind by adults. Turns out that based on the items left behind, the hotel estimates that fully 35% of its guests sleep with a stuffed animal. Think that all of these stuffed animal lovers must be women? Not so. 25% of them are men. I find this fascinating. Because if you did a survey of road warriors, I'm fairly certain that 1 in 4 of them would not fess up to traveling with their beloved teddy bear. So the next time you think "social exaggerates the need to stay connected", just imagine a road warrior clutching his teddy as he drifts off to sleep in his business hotel room.