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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!


Have sari, puke chapatti



Nepalese airlines are going wild over a sari-clad woman throwing up.

No fewer than five airlines from the Himalayan kingdom now feature this unnamed young woman depositing her stomach contents into a barfbag.

The airlines are Buddha Air, Sita Air, Skyline and Yeti, and most recently, Cosmic Air.

Confusion has arisen about the identity of the woman. Some baggists assume she is a member of the flight crew, demonstrating how to use bags instead of lifejackets (a landing on water is unlikely in landlocked Nepal). Others insist she is a passenger who has hired her services out to the airlines.

Always elegantly dressed, she changes her outfit on each airline: red for Sita, brown for Skyline, gold for Yeti. She seems to be using the same bag each time, though.

It must be fairly full by now, especially if she has used it in the other ways suggested in the fine print: "This bag can be used for vomitting, spitting, throwing the wrappers of chocolates, etc. and throwing baby's excreta in the flight period. Thanks!"

Thanks to Bruce Kelly for the Cosmic image. I don't have one of these Cosmic bags yet. Anyone want to send me one?




Thursday, June 23, 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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