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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!


Dog do-do don't do

Personkind's best friend is welcome to walk with you around the scenic Lilyponds nature reserve of Bosherton, in southern Pembrokeshire, Wales.

Just as long as you keep your pooch on a lead, and make sure it doesn't do what dogs do best: do-do.

In case it does do-do, the National Trust, owners of the Lilyponds, supply plastic dogshit bags in handy dispensers at the entrance to the reserve. Hang onto your poo-filled bag for several hours, and you can dump it in the special container near the exit as you leave.

Sadly, the bags available to the general public are plain green, lacking any information.

Ask the warden nicely, though, and he'll give you one of the bags on the left. This is my first dogshit bag in Welsh. In fact, my first bag of any type in Welsh: it's not a language frequently used in international aviation.

This fascinating item is issued by Cyngor Sir Penfro, or Pembrokeshire County Council, which is charged with preventing dog excrement pollution in the furthest corners of Wales.

"Your dog must wear a collar and tag with your name and address when in a public place", it says. This friendly advice is followed by threats: "Stray dogs are collected by the dog warden and impounded until a release fee is paid. Clean up after your dog. Offenders will be prosecuted."

Check the bag itself if you want to know what that lot is in Welsh.

The water level in the scenic lilyponds is falling. The warden tells me this is because the ponds are being filled with dogshit.

Tuesday, August 09, 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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