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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!



A real Air Force One barfbag
Niek Vermeulen: world's biggest baggistShock horror: Leader of Free World chokes on pretzel.Air Force One bags according to Independence Day

At last, the Holy Grail of Baggery: an Air Force One bag.

Kindly provided by Niek Vermeulen, this is boringly generic, but does come in a little yellow envelope with detailed instructions.

No pretzels (George Bush's favourite snack), though.

Click on the first pretzel for a picture and description of the bag, on the second for more on Niek, and on the third for how a pretzel nearly changed the world (but, sadly, did not).

Click on pretzel 4 to find out what Hollywood wishes Air Force One bags would look like.

Wednesday, January 30, 2002 

Porcelain bag

A curiosity from Hamburg: a basin designed especially to throw up into.

The gents' loo in the Seehofer Restaurant features this handy facility (a similar item is mysteriously lacking in the ladies').

The Seehofer is located just outside the world's largest landscaped cemetery; it specializes in hosting wakes.

Those otherwise phlegmatic North Germans apparently celebrate bereavements in style.

My in-laws tell me that this indispensable piece of sanitary equipment is called a Kotzbecken (puke basin).

How about if airlines were to install miniature basins under the stowaway tables on planes?

Somehow I hope they don't pick up on this idea: it would make barfbags superfluous.

Wednesday, January 30, 2002 


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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