Confessions From a Cuddle Puddle

Why the experience of snuggling strangers has caught fire

Matt Charnock
8 min readJun 17, 2019

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Photo: Electroluxx/Lucas Francisco

I’ve always been enamored of the idea of a cuddle puddle. The thought of surface-level strangers huddling together like emperor penguins sheltering themselves from a frigid blizzard seems not only unwaveringly brave but also primarily animalistic.

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Matt Charnock

SF transplant, coffee shop frequent; tiny living enthusiast. iPhone hasn’t been off silent mode in nine or so years. Former EIC of The Bold Italic.