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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

Winner of this prestigious award for November 2005 is German baggist Rolf Thalmann, for his amusing bagsite.

It's worth learning German just to appreciate the poem at the start:

Wenn du in die Tüte kotzt,
von links und rechts wirst angemotzt,
wenn du in die Tüte göbelst
von vorn und hinten angepöbelt,
dann fehlt dir wohl etwas Glück
und leider auch ein Sammlerstück !

Doch die Stewardess zeigt Güte,
bringt dir eine neue Tüte
ohne Knick und nicht beschmutzt,
sozusagen unbenutzt.
Fehlt sie dir, dann ist das fein,
andernfalls tausch sie doch ein...

... denn Sammler gibt's wie Sand am Meer,
die Tüten klau'n im Flugverkehr.
Sammeln ist doch kein Verbrechen,
die Tüte nicht nur für's Erbrechen.
Die meisten geben das nicht zu,
sie sind nicht so wie du und ich!

For those who do not have the ability to read the language of Goethe and Schiller, here's a rough translation:

If into the bag you must puke
And from right and left comes rebuke,
If you chunder into the sack
And curses come from front and back,
Then you feel pretty miserable,
And you're damaging a collectible!

But there's mercy from the stewardess
She brings a new bag, no less:
No crease, no stain of ethnic food
You might even say the condition's "good".
Don't have it yet? That's cool
If not - then trading is the rule...

For bag collectors are everywhere
They steal bags while in the air
Collecting bags is no offence,
They're not only for gut contents
Most collectors hide their identity,
They're not as brave as you and me!

Thursday, November 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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