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    Posted: 16 Feb 2009 at 12:04am
OK, so you probably aren't going to believe me or think I have delusions of grandeur, but I am the one that started the yellow ribbon on the luggage thing.
 
When I first started traveling to my in-laws on the west coast in the late 90's, I spent a lot of time at baggage carousels.  Listening to the "lots of bags look alike, make sure you have your own bag" etc. etc.
 
I never saw any identifying mark on any of the bags that you could tell them apart, ever.
They were all the same looking black bags.
 
So one day on the trip back from my in-laws, after seeing 50 different, nearly identical, black rolling suitcases on the carousel on the way there, I got an idea.  My mother in-law does a lot of crafts and she had lots of excess cloth and ribbon hanging around all over the place.
So I thought,  I'm going to take some of this yellow ribbon and put it on all of the handles of our suitcases, so that I can easily and quickly pick out our bags from the rest of the myriad of same looking black bags on the carousel.
 
With each consecutive trip back and forth after that, I started noticing other bags that also had yellow ribbons tied to their handles.
 
Now it seems that everyone puts yellow ribbons on their bags.
This to me is utterly stupid.  If someone else is putting yellow ribbons on their bag, you would think that you want want to use another type of marking, such as, oh I don't know, maybe a blue, or a red ribbon.
 
It's just funny how people don't seem to be able to use their imagination to think up something original.  Just copycatting what's already there seems to me to make no sense at all.  Now everyone has yellow markings, so now you are back to square on with all the bags looking the same.
 
Yes, I am now considering a redesign of my marking system.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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I tie kielbasas around the handles of my luggage.  That, at least. narrows my potential luggage thieves down to Polish people.
 
 
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Does it confuse the drug-sniffing dogs?
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The German Shepherds and the Russian Wolfhounds will totally attack it.
 
 
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How about just stenciling your name across your bag?

Or put a photo of yourself in one of those clear plastic picture holder things, & attatch it to the handle of your bag with a plastic tie-wrap?

Or both?
 
Or maybe put a little tape recording of yourself with a pressure sensitive trigger device in the handle of your bag, so that whenever someone grabs it, the tape plays a full volume recording of you screaming... "AAAAAARRRRRGGGGHHHH!!!!! LET GO OF MEEEE!!!!!! I DON'T BELONG TO YOU!!!!!! HELLLLLLLP, SOMEONE, SAVE ME!!!!!!! I'M BEING TAKEN BY THE WRONG PERSON!!!!!!! HELLLLLLLLLLLP!!!!!"
 
Something like that, maybe.
 
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Originally posted by HollyRock HollyRock wrote:

Does it confuse the drug-sniffing dogs?
 
Wouldn't that be the point?   I mean after all he is from San Fransico right? Wink
 
 
 
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Originally posted by Jimbo Jimbo wrote:

How about just stenciling your name across your bag?

Or put a photo of yourself in one of those clear plastic picture holder things, & attatch it to the handle of your bag with a plastic tie-wrap?

Or both?
 
 
No, for me color coding is the way to go.  Perceiving colors requires virtually no thought energy what-so-ever.
 
 
 
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As opposed to recognizing one's own face......
 
What if someone else has the same color?
 
Or what if some prankster airport employee swaps ribbons around?
 
Lotta potential pitfalls there.
 
Actually, a large iron-on, heat transferred image of yourself on the sides of your bag would be the best way to go.
 
But I like the "screaming bag" method the best.
 
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Originally posted by Jimbo Jimbo wrote:

As opposed to recognizing one's own face......
 
What if someone else has the same color?
 
Or what if some prankster airport employee swaps ribbons around?
 
Lotta potential pitfalls there.
 
Actually, a large iron-on, heat transferred image of yourself on the sides of your bag would be the best way to go.
 
But I like the "screaming bag" method the best.
 
 
Allow me to point out the flaws in your logic.
 
First off, it's really hard to see clearly a picture of yourself on your luggage, because people at the luggage carousel always think that they are the only person getting a bag, so they always crowd up very close to it so that no one else can see.
 
It's good to have something that stands out well that I can spot through the small cracks I can see between passengers at the carousel.
 
The screaming bag seems to be an invalid option, as I wouldn't want to have the crap beat out of me by already annoyed passengers that have been abused by the airlines for 10 or more hours.
 
 
 
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I'm looking for one of the fake bloody hands that I could hang out of the bag (like those that hang out of the trunk of a car). Let's see if 'The Lemming Effect' continues...
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How about a big sticker that says:
 
I Heart Bin Laden
 
 
No one will want to steal that bag.
 
 
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Originally posted by Thor Thor wrote:

I tie kielbasas around the handles of my luggage.  That, at least. narrows my potential luggage thieves down to Polish people.
 
 


Nah, you'd basically have the entire Eastern Bloc after your luggage. Sausages are a food group around there.
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Yeah, you're right there.  I'm half Slovak, myself.  Cold kielbasa with ketchup was one of my favorite foods as a kid.
 
 
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Originally posted by Thor Thor wrote:

How about a big sticker that says:
 
I Heart Bin Laden
 
 
No one will want to steal that bag.
 
 
Your bag would probably have broken handles from being searched and re-searched so often...and it may actually begin to take on a bit of a radioactive glow, after a while, as often as it will be x-ray'd, scanned, and so forth - but you'll be able to spot it in a minute.
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Splash it with some white and black paint on the top and handle so that it looks like bird poop.  Easy for you to identify, and most people would think twice about picking it up.... Big%20smile
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Originally posted by PaWolf PaWolf wrote:

Originally posted by Thor Thor wrote:

How about a big sticker that says:
 
I Heart Bin Laden
 
 
No one will want to steal that bag.
 
 
Your bag would probably have broken handles from being searched and re-searched so often...and it may actually begin to take on a bit of a radioactive glow, after a while, as often as it will be x-ray'd, scanned, and so forth - but you'll be able to spot it in a minute.
 
'Sides, if you don't plan on having any more kids, what good are chromosomes, anyway?
 
 
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I first coined the portmanteau word, "dudical" sometime in the summer of 1985.
I created a firestorm that day my friends.
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Originally posted by Thor Thor wrote:

The German Shepherds and the Russian Wolfhounds will totally attack it.
 
 


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Originally posted by jeroboam jeroboam wrote:

I first coined the portmanteau word, "dudical" sometime in the summer of 1985.
I created a firestorm that day my friends.
A firestorm. 
 
 
Sorry dudical, I've never heard the expression before, Wink but I bet you've seen yellow ribbons on luggage at the airport.
 
 
 
 
 
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Martha Stewart says to use bright green and so I do just that.
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Originally posted by NathanAlexander NathanAlexander wrote:

Martha Stewart says to use bright green and so I do just that.
 
 
Yeah, I know, this is just revenge for my Dunkelmann comment.    LOL
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I use some long red shoelaces.  Now that I'm thinking of it, they came from some black Converse that I put red shoelaces in.  I haven't worn Cons in decades, so those shoelaces are pretty old.  I thought I was pretty cool back then.  Thanks for the memories, Musicman.
 
 
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