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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!


Collect them while you can

In a move calculated to provoke baggists worldwide, aircraft maker Boeing plans to eliminate the need for barfbags on its new 787 "Dreamliner" aircraft.

A Sunday Times report on 18 June 2006 states that the new design will enable the aircraft to substantially reduce the effects of turbulence.

“It won’t spell the end of the in-flight sick bag — it may take the elimination of the drinks cart for that — but it should reduce the occurrence (of motion sickness),” the article quotes Mike Sinnett, director of Boeing's 787 systems team as saying.

Initial reactions from baggists has been mixed. Some have reacted with dismay that Boeing has targeted barfbags. "Bags are an integral part of the onboard experience", says Paul Mundy, owner of the Bagophily collection. "They fulfil a vital function - keeping the cabin interior clean and odour-free. They are also part of the in-seat entertainment system: the printing on a barfbag is often more exciting than the in-flight magazine."

Other baggists are more sanguine. German baggist Walter Brinker welcomes Mr Sinnett's statement that barfbags will be around as long as there are drinks carts. He looks forward to the day when alcohol manufacturers sponsor bags: "So we will collect barf bags with the logos of Ballantines, Courvoisier, Laphroaig and Moskovskaya instead", he says.

Click here to read the full Sunday Times article.

Thanks to Steve Silberberg for this alert.

Sunday, June 18, 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. 

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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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