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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!


Wearable bag

You're on the Space Shuttle, and you feel queasy. What to do?


  1. Take out this sturdily designed plastic-and-linen combo manufactured by Boeing.
  2. Clip the rubber bands over your ears, so the bag fits over your face like a horse's nosebag. Hard to breathe, but it does avoid most spillage.
  3. Recover one of the rubber bands, which has zinged off your ear and has lodged behind a $500,000 experiment testing how sea slugs react to zero gravity.
  4. Puke into bag.
  5. Inspect contents through the transparent base.
  6. Call Houston if you see anything that looks as if it belongs in the movie Alien.
  7. Place bag into the second, larger bag provided.
  8. Wipe your mouth with the thoughtfully attached linen flap.
  9. Wait till the Shuttle is over the next country that George Bush wants to invade (Iran, perhaps?), then jettison the bag through the airlock.

That's my wife, Evelyn, attempting this procedure with assistance from the bag's owner, Niek Vermeulen.

Yes, highlight of our year so far has been a pilgrimage to that Mecca of bagdom, a freezing basement where Niek keeps his mammoth collection.

We thought about trying to smuggle out some Nigerian Airlines bags (and of course the Shuttle bag), but I'm sad to say that our consciences got the better of us.

Sunday, May 08, 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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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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