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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!


Bahaman parrot?

The latest series of bags from the innovative Virgin Atlantic design team features five new destinations served by the British-based carrier.

Visual puns advertise flights to exotic destinations different from the one you're heading to: Havana (a Virgin plane disguised as a cigar), Delhi and Mumbai (a flying swami), Shanghai (a teacup with a swarm of Virgin jets about to bomb a bridge), and Las Vegas (a one-armed bandit).

The bag for the fifth destination, the Bahamas, shows a drab London pigeon morphing into a colourful parrot. The pigeon seems to be a genuine Columba livia - the sort that deposits droppings on your head in Trafalgar Square.

But what's the parrot? Exhaustive research reveals it to be a blue-and-gold macaw (Ara ararauna) - which is not native to the Bahamas. A better choice for Virgin might have been the rare Bahaman parrot, Amazona leucocephala bahamensis, which is green.

Maybe Virgin flies to Brazil (the home of the macaws) as well?

Click here for Virgin's full range of new bags.

Saturday, March 18, 2006 

Bagsite of the Month

Reiner Schulz's Bagistan National Museum of Bags covers three floors devoted entirely to bags from every continent.

There's a Special Exhibitions section currently featuring Virgin Atlantic's fine range of innovative designs, and an Education Centre which (somewhat mysteriously) leads visitors into's Poetry page.

The main floor Restaurant and two fast-food outlets on the lower level aren't open yet, so stock up on bag filling before your visit. The main exhibits are open to the public, though: nearly 350 bags on display.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006 


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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