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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!


Air sickness takeover fever

A major firm lacks a key marketing outlet, while another firm has spare capacity. The result: a takeover bid. That is common in the commercial world, but almost unknown in the shadowy parallel universe of bag-collecting.

Until now.

In an unprecedented move,, an innovative joint bagsite of German collectors Thorsten Hecht and Gerhard Lang, has expanded further: it now features bags from fellow German baggist Gerd Clemens.

"We've started out by featuring particularly beautiful or rare items from Gerd's collection", says webadmin Thorsten Hecht. "Gradually we'll include his whole collection on our site."

This move brings together three of the world's top 11 collections under one roof - similar to the alliances that now dominate the airline industry, and conglomerates such as Duni and DeSter that lead the barfbag manufacturing sector.

Will the HechtLang Clemens tie-up lead to further consolidation in baggery? Rumours swirl of a transatlantic tie-up between and, and of a takeover bid by newly established for fellow newcomer

Meanwhile, publicity-shy market leader Niek Vermeulen continues to deny persistent gossip of a marriage with similarly web-averse second-placed Oliver Conradi.

Proponents of such conglomerates should beware the lessons of history: European and American anti-trust regulators may start nosing around bag collections they deem too large and in breach of competition policy.

In other news, has also announced a new sideline in life jackets. Unclear how many passengers have drowned as a result of these items being removed from the aircraft. Or whether they are for exchange against barfbags.

Monday, June 25, 2007 


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. 

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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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