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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!


The empire strikes bag!

"It looks like the rumour of Virgin putting more special barf bags on their flights to commemorate the Star Wars latest release is correct", says Senior Alaska Correspondent Bruce Kelly. "I got the following email today... hopefully there will be bags for all."

The empire strikes bag! Virgin Atlantic provides passengers with Star Wars sick bags onboard Virgin Atlantic passengers could be forgiven for meeting Barf Vader during flights from June as the airline is joining in Star Wars mania by putting 100,000 sickbags, which have been specially designed for the new sci-fi blockbuster, on its planes. With millions of Star Wars' die-hard fans across the world, the airline expects these designs to be very popular with passengers.

The limited edition Star Wars sick bags have four different designs with tongue-in-cheek instructions for would-be Jedi knights. One gives spoof instructions on the right way to hold a light sabre (without cutting your head off), while another shows how to master Jedi combat. Another gives a detailed diagram of a light sabre, while a fourth splits an airplane into a light and dark side depending on where certain passengers are seated. A total of 25,000 of each of the designs is being printed and they will be available on all routes from June.

Sir Richard Branson, chairman of Virgin Atlantic, said: "We think our passengers will love them. Star Wars has a very big cult following among all age groups and we believe it is something that will bring a smile to the faces of our passengers.

"Of course, we hope that our flights are as smooth as normal so that passengers don't need to use the sickbags - we want them to see the funny side of these sickbags not the inside." ...

Last December, Virgin Atlantic commissioned a competition for designers to put their artwork on a limited edition range of sickbags in conjunction with 'Design for Chunks'.

Lysette Gauna, Head of Media for Virgin Atlantic, commented: "After the success of the 'Design for Chunks' sickbags, we became aware of the number of people out there who collect sickbags - we even had a sickbag museum contact us! They became instantly popular and a bidding war even starting up on Ebay. We believe one even reached a price of £85.

"We anticipate an even bigger demand for our Star Wars sickbags because of the cult following of the films."

Source: Virgin Atlantic

Click here to see Virgin's Design for Chunks bag series.

Saturday, May 28, 2005 


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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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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