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the magical world of airsickness bags

Welcome. This is what my wife calls "a bunch of stupid jokes and pictures of paper bags." She's right about the jokes. She's wrong about the bags: some of them are plastic.

What the critics say: "Utterly unnotable" (Wikipedia editor). "Ridiculous collections #4" (Buzzfeed). Other comments: "As complete wastes of time go, it's a very high quality complete waste of time... An entirely dispensable source of inane comments about a truly trivial subject... A monument to the planet's worst corporate design... An unwelcome reminder of some of the more unpleasant moments in our lives."

Donations (unused, please) of bags not represented in the bag gallery are welcomed -- please mail to this address, and I'll credit you on this site! I am happy to trade any extras that I have. Check out the links to other bag sites, find out how you can use your spare bags, and explore the fascinating world of bag manufacturers

Highlights: The design features page reveals the secrets of professional baggery, and the logos page analyses the enigma of airline corporate identities. Search for your favourite bag, browse the bag gallery by country and airline, and check out the biggest, best and worst bags!


Bagsite of the month

Johnny's Barf Bags Web Site is a small collection put together by a young Israeli collector, Yonatan Chaim Mevorach. Apart from collecting bags, he is an ex-TicTac addict and took over 100 driving lessons before passing his driving test.

Visit Johnny at

Saturday, May 22, 2004 

Looking for people who actually get airsick

News from baggist Steve Silberberg:

I was contacted by a magazine called "Endless Vacation". The magazine wants to do an article about motion sickness and would like to interview people who get airsick, seasick, or even car sick. Can you refer anyone to the magazine?

So if you suffer from kinetosis (that's motion sickness to you and me), and you remember enough about your experiences to say something sensible, and you want to talk to the media about it, then contact Stacey McArthur,, or Steve at

Saturday, May 22, 2004 

Get your bags on TV

Got a digital camcorder? Got some bags? Then here's your chance for 15 minutes of fame.

Utah reporter Peter Rosen wants to do a TV feature on barfbags. There don't seem to be any collectors in Utah, so he's hoping to interview bag collectors worldwide using their home video equipment.

Peter seems to go in for the weird and wacky... his previous stories have covered jokes told by violinists about viola players, mountain unicycling, and people who collect electric fans.

Contact Peter at KUTV.

Now there's a thought: how about a joint collection of barfbags and fans...?

Friday, May 21, 2004 


Bagophily now uses a weblog ("blog") to update this News page. This should make updating easier, and will mean I can get developments in the fast-moving world of airsickness bags to you quicker than ever. Sometimes even before the news has happened itself.

I'll gradually shift all the News over to this new format.

Saturday, May 15, 2004 

Another new use for bags?

Email from a police science institute: Could I please supply samples of my dogshit bag collection?

"Somebody tried to strangle a young man with a doggybag. This young man tried to take off the bag before dying. We found under the nails of the corpse some traces of plastic and we want to make sure it could be a doggy bag..."

Ewk - the poor victim... and what a way to die.

Naturally, I'm pleased to serve the cause of justice. I've chopped up my dogbags and have sent them off to the police institute. They've promised me more details when the case has gone through the courts.

Note: Using bags as an asphyxiation tool works only if they are made of plastic. Paper bags are not sufficiently robust, and are usually too small, to be either placed over the head or wrapped around the neck. (April 2004)

Friday, May 14, 2004 

New bag collectors' egroup launched

After many years of loyal service to the bagophile community, the old barfbag egroup has crashed: someone's computer has deluged it with junk mail, and the moderator has disappeared from the face of the earth.

So we've launched a new egroup, imaginatively called Sign up by filling in your email address to the left and clicking the button. Or send a blank email to The group's website is

Get messages on the latest developments in bagdom, news of swaps, conventions, cool websites, and more! Contribute yourself by sending an email to (April 2004)

Friday, May 14, 2004 

Grovel, grovel

As hordes of impatient bagophiles have noted, my swaps list is now desperately out of date. Blame pressure of work, or maybe my active social life. I hope to put together a new list in mid-June.

Friday, May 14, 2004 

New Turkmenistan Airlines bag

Sadly, the Turkmenistan Airlines bag is a standard generic Turkish bulanti torbasi. Contributor Ilse Koehler-Rollefson had to ask the cabin crew for this bag, and they were reluctant to give her one. They were even more reluctant to part company with a second one so I could keep one in reserve.

Friday, May 14, 2004 


What do Latvia, Liberia and Lesotho have in common? Yes, they all start with an L. What else? They're all missing from my barfbag collection.

What's the biggest country not represented? Chad. In terms of population? Burkina Faso. Other prominent absentees (coloured red in the map): Georgia and Rwanda. 

Major underrepresented portions of the globe are a swathe of Africa and chunks of Central Asia and Central America.

Donations from these areas especially welcome!

Centres of megabagdiversity are the USA (though many US bags are distressingly plain), China, the UK, Canada, Germany, Brazil and Indonesia. 

Click here for details.

For new baggists only


New to the world of bag collecting? Want to get a head start on your collection? Then send me an email, and I'll send you a randomly selected free starter pack from my surplus bag stock. There won't be anything rare, and you may end up with some duplicates, but at least you'll be able to show your friends a few more of these lovely cultural artefacts. Make sure you include your mailing address in your email. Offer good as long as stocks last.

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