Implants left at a hotel were among the strangest objects that weary travelers forgot after their stay at Travelodge locations in the United Kingdom ended, according to a Jan. 3, 2013 report. A staggering number of weird and wonderful things are abandoned at the hotel chain every year.
Items that are not claimed within three months are given to charity shops with the proceeds from sale of the items to benefit cancer research. That generous policy has been in effect since January 2012, reported The Daily Mail. Although many items have been reunited with their owners, a surprising number of objects go unclaimed.
A Travelodge spokesperson tried to explain how objects, including those implants, could be left at a hotel when the guest checks out: "The pace of life has become so fast and we are so eager to get from A to B that priceless processions are easily being forgotten."
Masks and costumes were frequently forgotten objects in 2012. Two-hundred Queen Elizabeth masks, four Power Rangers costumes and one Wonder Woman costume made the list. A pantomime horse costume for two was also forgotten. An original Harry Potter wand from the popular films was valued at approximately $3,000; it was reunited with its owner.
Live animals should be difficult to forget, but that didn't stop hotel guests from leaving behind a python named Monty, a bucket of live crabs and a soft Persian Chinchilla kitten.
A collection of stamps worth nearly $400,000, a winning lottery ticket, one $15,000 Tiffany engagement ring, a $75,000 Rolex watch and a diamond-studded iPhone 5 were some of the pricier items counted among Travelodge's lost and found collection.
Of 20,000 books left behind at Travelodge last year, one-third were "Fifty Shades of Grey."
The woman who left the implants at the hotel, one of the most intriguing items on the list, was traveling to London for cosmetic surgery. She had bought the implants in the United States and left them behind as she was staying at a Travelodge hotel in Newcastle.