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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!


Are you a big bagger?

Is it "barfbag collecting", "airsickness receptacle kleptomania", "naucology" (Ken Costilow's proposal) or "nausacology" (from Cursuswalker)?

Or perhaps "bagology" ("Tütologie" in German)?

Or "philokinetososakie" (Walter Brinker's suggestion: philo = love of, kinetosis = motion sickness, sakos = bag)?

According to Bruce Kelly, this avocation is called "baggery".

That makes collectors "baggers".

Successful collectors are "big baggers", while beginners are "little baggers", or maybe "poor baggers".

If you collect used bags, you're a "dirty bagger".

If you've just boarded a plane to find nothing but plain bags, you're a "miserable bagger".

All these suggestions are wide of the mark. As the name of this site implies, the correct name is "bagophily".

Don't bother visiting or Both have bags, but not the sort designed to hold partially digested food.

Any other suggestions? Answers in an email, please.

Friday, April 27, 2001 

But not barfbag?

Email received on 17 April 2001:

Dear Sirs,

We learn your name from some sources and we are pleased to learn that your are a very reputable and reliable importer of bags in Germany.

To take this great opportunity, we are pleased to introduce ourselves to you: We are one of the leading direct manufacturers of bags in China, majoring a very large range of PVC bag items, such as travel bag, backpack, school bag, shopping bag, beach bag, rucksack, cooler bag, and so on...

Beats me why they should think I'm reputable.

Tuesday, April 17, 2001 

Bag for sale: partly used, one previous owner...

To buy or not to buy? Feelings run high: virtual fistfights have broken out on the Barfbag mailing list over this controversial topic.

  • One school of thought (call them the "Idealists") views buying and selling bags as anathema: against the high ideals of baggery.

  • Another school (the "Entrepreneurs") says that bagbuying is fun, and for those disadvantaged collectors in North America - a bag desert - just about the only way they can compete with the culturally rich Europeans.

  • A third group (the "Impoverished") either can't afford to buy the bags they desperately need, or are afraid to ask their spouses for the necessary cash.

Note: I'm an idealist, and admit to being impoverished too. I've recognized that baggery isn't going to make me rich. I've never yet bought a bag.

Though you could accuse me for shelling out $109 for a joyride in Kathmandu in March 2001 just so I could steal some Buddha Air bags... well, I did get to see Mount Everest too.

Monday, April 16, 2001 


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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