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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!


Need bags? Get pregnant

Want to look chic while you throw up? Easy - all you have to do is to get pregnant, then find someone to order some of these Morning Chicness Bags for you.

"Morning Chicness Bags are excellent gifts for your pregnant friend or wife", says the vendor's site, "Help her make this difficult time a little easier for her. She will love this thoughtful and unique gift."

Morning Chicness Bags are "convenient, disposable, affordable and yet stylish", says this review. We might add that they also make excellent gifts for your unpregnant baggist friends. Have pity on baggists - the vast majority of them are male, so have few chances of experiencing the joys of Hyperemesis Gravidarum, or receiving these delectable items from sympathetic acquaintances. Perhaps they could simulate pregnancy by stuffing a few of their spare bags under their pullovers?

Morning Chicness Bags come in six feminine pastel designs: Lavender Lulu, Tickled Pink, Baby Bubbles, Bambooboo, Labor of Love, and Rosebuddies. This last design carries the text "Live, Laugh, Love". Shouldn't that be "Spew, Barf, Heave"?

A pack of ten bags will cost you a mere $7.50. Unfortunately it's possible to order only one type of design at a time, so you have to buy 6 packs of 10 to get a full set. That will cost you $45. Feel free to donate your unwanted extras to me for my Biman Bangladesh Appeal.

Thanks to Gilles Beger for this alert.

Wednesday, August 27, 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. 

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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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