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Reference Question of the Week – 10/28/12

   November 3rd, 2012

Carrotblanca movie posterMy coworkers know I'm always on the lookout for unusual reference questions. I was sitting at the desk with a coworker yesterday, when she answered the phone - of course, I could only hear her side of the conversation, but it was enough:

[ring ring]
Coworker: Reference desk, can I help you?
Coworker: [turns towards me] You're looking for a version of the movie Casablanca that stars Bugs Bunny, but you don't know the title? Sure, let me check.
[she searches online for casablanca bugs bunny]
Okay, that version is called "Carrotblanca" and [searches our catalog] it looks like we have it, on a DVD called "The essential Bugs Bunny."

She put the DVD on hold for the patron, and everyone was happy. Especially me - patron gets what he wants, and I think "a version of the movie Casablanca that stars Bugs Bunny" is absurdly funny.

Interesting post-script: when I looked up the DVD record while writing this post, I noticed that "The essential Bugs Bunny" also includes Hare and loathing in Las Vegas - now that is something I've got to see.

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3 Responses to “Reference Question of the Week – 10/28/12”

  1. Stephanie Brown Says:

    darn! we don’t have that DVD at UNC. How is this possible? I want to watch Carrotblanca!!

  2. Jessica Says:

    This is just great! Hilarious! Thank you so much for sharing. Everyone thinks we have such quiet little library jobs, they have no idea the crazy stuff we hear/learn/and see from patrons. I get a lot of laughs over the dinner table when I share my stories from the Reference Desk.

    And…my library does not own Carrotblanca, but there are 7 copies available in my library consortium in Rhode Island.

  3. Brian Herzog Says:

    Well, bad news: when our DVD finally came in for me, it was cracked and wouldn’t play – I’m not sure if the previous patron had the same trouble or not. However, YouTube to the rescue – both Carrotblanca AND Hare and Loathing in Las Vegas are available there.