Xzibit! I bet rapper Xzibit never thought his MTV show "Pimp my Ride" would inspire a bunch of librarians who all read the same comic strip ("Unshelved") to pimp their own vehicles... their bookcarts. First I will explain that the word "pimp" here has nothing to do with pandering of any sort.
Pimp (verb)- to embellish, augment, decorate, and/or otherwise improve.
On "Pimp my Ride," Mr. Xzibit pimps various and sundry junky cars. Every library employee knows a junky bookcart. (I have an ongoing battle with one in particular which has an issue with a wheel which completely falls off at inopportune times. Not cool.) Thus, the premise of this comic strip. This inspired two contests, one which took place in June 2007 and another in November of the same year. June 2007's winner was "Pink Cadillac" and November 2007's was "What Can Brown Do For You?" Never far behind on the library bandwagon, Norman, Oklahoma's Public Library is featuring appropriately "pimped" bookcarts in this year's Christmas parade. The parade will include an elf, Santa Claus, and fancy schmancy bookcarts. Merry Christmas!
This video will explain the pimping of bookcarts better than I ever could...