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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!


Bagsite of the month

A bit late for September, so this is October's Bagsite of the Month too:

This small site showcases the collections of Czech bagophiles Jan Tomášek and Petr Mack.

It's still under construction, so the intriguing links to Základy sáčkologie and Sbírka/Collection don't work yet, but you can still visit Jan's and Petr's swaps lists and arrange a trade with them.

Please don't ask me what Blici-pytliky means. After trying to pronounce it several times, I've come to the conclusion that it has something to do with upset stomachs in Czech.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005 

Qantas offers waste disposal options

Striving to be at the forefront of inflight hygiene innovation, Qantas now offer you a choice of waste disposal methods.

You can use their familiar barfbag to keep the area around your seat tidy. If that isn't enough on those long-haul flights, you can now also slip your litter into the large pocket concealed in this attractive tray mat.

The mat, made of absorbent paper to mop up those minor spills, comes in two vibrant colours to brighten up the onboard ambience. Open the blue packet to find a napkin and a plastic stirrer for your coffee.

The mat is not watertight, so try to avoid using it as a receptacle for semi-digested food. Use the barfbag instead - unless of course you need it to mail off your unprocessed film. In which case you'll either have to make a dash for the toilet, or use that old standby: throw up on your neighbour's lap.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005 

87 new bags on show

A massive influx of new bags are now on view in the Gallery. They include the delightful "Fly is cheap" bag from Wings Air, a quartet of Virgin Atlantic Star Wars bags, a sanibag that threatens users with abortions, and the first dogshit bag in Welsh.

Click here for a list of the newcomers.

Monday, September 19, 2005 

Olde bagges

New on a concise history of airline vomit! Complete with pictures of barfe bagges from early in the last century. Click here for more.

Saturday, September 03, 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. 

Click here for details.

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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