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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!


Bag a North Pole bag

Fancy a peek at a polar bear from 30,000 feet?

Baggist Oliver Conradi has just the thing for you: a joyride over the North Pole. Departing Hamburg on 13 May 2008, this flight will fly over the storm-tossed North Sea, the dramatic coastline of Norway and the ice-riven peaks of Spitzbergen before looping around the North Pole in search of Santa. The flight returns to Hamburg the same day via North Cape and Sweden.

For just €2399, this flight will allow you to enjoy an unimpeded view of the frozen wastes, plus a first-class meal and champagne. For a mere €899 you get the same thing, with significantly less legroom and a view of the wing rather than the desolation below.

Hurry now to book your berth at

Compare this with the regular SAS flight from Copenhagen to Tokyo (€950 return).

The advantage of flying with Oliver? You don't have to pay for a hotel in exorbitant Tokyo. And you get a special edition barfbag and safety card on board.

Alternatively, you can visit baggist Bruce Kelly in the frozen wastes of Alaska, and pilfer from his burgeoning collection of bags. KLM offers flights from Amsterdam to Anchorage for a mere €943. Bruce and Audrey will doubtless throw in champagne for free in sheer gratitude for any baggist who makes it all the way there.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007 

Bagsite of the month, September/October 2007

The Bagsite of the Month award does not normally go to a site without any pictures of bags. But the Awards Committee has made an exception this time. The September/October award goes to German-born but Danish-resident Homer Goetz's site,

A visit to this site is worthwhile for two reasons: one, to wonder at what appears to be a rhinoceros doing a handstand (pictured on the left). And two, to marvel at the only page in the site: a listing of Homer's bags.

Just a listing? you ask. No pictures?

Yes, but what a listing! This list contains everything from Abaeté Aerotaxi to Zip Air, with no less than 41 Lufthansa bags and 59 Virgin Atlantic variations in between. There's even a handy checkbox against each airline showing whether Homer has extra bags to swap - though not which one of the 59 Virgins he has available.

The only thing that Homer has to do to improve the site further is to provide scans of thPublish Postis lot. Perhaps this award (and the associated media attention and huge cash payout) will spur him to do so.

Why two months for Homer? Because the Awards Committee has been moving house, and regular internet connections have only just been restored. We resume normal service in November.

Friday, October 12, 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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