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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!


Nul points

"England is going to win the Eurovision contest this year, at least in the sick bag category, with his very kitsch song and videoclip," says French baggiste Gilles Beger. "It's here (you don't have to watch the whole thing as I did to see a bag, go to the end):
video/x1vb55_eurovision-2007-scooch It's going to happen saturday night in Helsinki. Good news for France indeed."

(Copy and paste the URL above into your browser: there's a block on putting a direct link into this posting.)

For those baggists unfamiliar with the Eurovision contest, "Nul points" is what you get for a truly awful song. This score has been achieved by a surprising number of countries over the history of the contest. See for details.

Thanks to Gilles for this item, and apologies if you had to sit through the whole 3 minutes in order to see the barfbag.

Come back Lordi, all is forgiven...

Update: The British song came second from bottom of the 24 entries in the contest. A richly deserved failure. But think of what might have been: if the song had not featured a barfbag, it would undoubtedly have clinched last place with the coveted nul points.

Another update: If you have broadband, you can also see a better definition video at I strongly advise you to turn the sound off before clicking on this link.

The bag that Scooch member Russ Spencer offers to a passenger in the video appears to have a Scooch logo on it - the same as on the tailfin of the plane that appears at the beginning and end of the video. The bags also appear in the seat pockets during one of the choreography sequences during the video. Anyone know if this bag is available for collectors?

Thursday, May 24, 2007 


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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