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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!


"A problem for politics, environment and health"

Fresh dogshit is a hot topic in hygiene-conscious Central Europe.

The veterinary magazine VetImpulse recently highlighted the problem in a two-page feature article devoted to precluding pavement pooch poo pollution.

Click on the images on the left to read the article.

Among the fascinating tidbits avid readers can glean:

  • 132,000 Viennese have protested against dogshit in the city.
  • Germany's 5 million dogs produce 2500 tons of poop a day - 55 tons in Berlin alone.
  • Swiss shit analysts found that 7.1% of canine excreta contain dog roundworm eggs, which then get tracked into nurseries and dining rooms for toddlers to consume.
  • The city administration of Wolfsburg in Austria has deployed a converted Yamaha scooter to suck up poop into a special on-board container.

The best cure for dogshit? Provide bags for dog owners to pick up their dogpies and take them home. And impose a hefty fine on dog-lovers who do not clean up after their canine companions.

Check the Gallery on the left (scroll down past the airline bags) for the world's largest collection of doggie bags.

Friday, March 21, 2008 


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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