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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!


Pake the plane?

One hitherto unrecognized function of airsickness bags is to mystify passengers, thereby distracting them from clear air turbulence and bumpy landings.

China Eastern's latest bag provides a good example of this genre. Near the bottom of the bag is the inscription on the left.

"Welcome to puke the plane?" speculates Bruce Kelly. Or "welcome to take the plane... perhaps a message up front to terrorists contemplating such an action to avoid any bloodshed?"

No such luck. Anke Scherer, a sinologist at Bochum University, says that the Chinese says Huanying chengzuo zai ci hangban, or "Welcome aboard this plane", or if you opt for the translation into Chinglish "You are welcome to TAKE the plane". (Huanying = welcome, chengzuo = take a train/ship/plane; zai = in/aboard; ci = this; hangban = scheduled flight).

Thanks to Bruce for the image and Anke for the translation. Now all I need is an example of the bag itself. Anyone want to send me one?

Wednesday, February 04, 2004 

Wash with Barf

Want your underwear whiter than white? Then use Barf detergents!

Barf comes in liquid, powder or solid form. Order now from Paxan Co.

For the unenlightened,"barf" is an American term for "puke" or "vomit". In Farsi, it means "snow". That's برف for those of you who can read Farsi.

Wednesday, February 04, 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. 

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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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