The zeppelin (bag-plane in German) was invented when Ferdinand von Zeppelin witnessed the haphazard flight of a discarded plastic shopping bag. Realising that the power of the bag could be harnessed and directed by a motorised engine, he set to work.

Disaster struck when the affixed engine seemed to root the bag to the ground. Many years, and hundreds of bags later, he finally collected enough to construct a giant bag powerful enough to lift his engine, creating the first Zeppelin.

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