And here’s my chunderwear collection!
As I’ve complained here before, the problem with doing a humor blog for a news organization is that people often try to send me real news, which I usually just throw away.
But this week, collectwedo.com, a “social collecting” site for people with hobbies, told me about a guy who collects airline barf bags.
That’s right. You know those bags in the seat pocket in front of you on a plane, in case you need to hurl? Larry Greenstein, of San Diego, collects those.
I asked Larry some questions about his hobby, starting with whether the bags he collects are new or used. I was somewhat disappointed to learn he only goes for the new ones.
“I started collecting them because I found it fascinating that an airline would deliberately put their logo and brand on something so awful,” he explained. “It’s akin to naming a drug after a disease it’s intended to cure.”
I wondered if Larry himself had ever used a barf bag.
“I’ve been seasick but not airsick. Air or seasickness is about the worst sick feeling you can have – a great reason not to put your brand or logo on a barf bag,” he said.
One good thing about collecting barf bags is that you don’t have to go to a lot of big events and schmooze with others who collect the same thing you do. Larry said he’s not aware of others who share his interest. “Why would anyone want to collect barf bags? They’re disgusting.”
I avoided asking Larry how he displays his impressive collection, because I like to imagine he has made little seat pockets for the chairs in his house, with a bag in each one.
If anybody out there knows Larry, and you’re invited over to his house for dinner, plan to stop at a novelty shop on the way. I know a great practical joke you can play on him…
Top and right: Barf bags from Larry’s collection.
Left: Cambridge crew members (L to R) Peter McClelland, George Nash and Geoff Roth celebrate after winning the 156th annual boat race between Oxford and Cambridge University on the River Thames in London April 3, 2010. REUTERS/Toby Melville