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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!


Guinness 2011 re-anoints Vermeulen

Click on picture to enlargeFor the 25th time, Guinness World Records has anointed Dutch baggist Niek Vermeulen as holder of the world's largest collection of barfbags.
A row in a table of "classic collections" on page 142 of the 2011 edition of the Guinness annual tome lists Niek as owner of 6,016 bags. That figure was verified back in January 2010, so presumably it has now swollen further.
Niek has now bumped rival Hamburg-based baggist Oliver Conradi from the top spot in's bagometer.
The web version of the Guinness records still has Niek's old total of 5,469 bags, along with a must-see shot of the Man Himself reposing on a bed of bags.
Clearly eager to maintain his exalted position on top of the pile, Niek exhorts other collectors to include only "optically different" bags bearing an airline logo or name in their bagometer counts.
Niek's numbers pale in comparison to the 9,638 bells, 13,627 coffee pots, and 103,009 bookmarks amassed by other kleptomaniacs. Anyone with any idea of how to count over 100,000 bookmarks, please let me know.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010 


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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