The month of carrots
Old Janus, the Roman deity after whom the first month of the year is named, has reasons to feel slighted. Mankind, it appears, is hell-bent on stripping January of its divine association -- all for the sake of veggies. Now vegetables, gods and the Roman calendar make for a strange brew, and there is indeed a case here to stir the pot, as it were, to make things clearer. The rechristening of January to 'Veganuary' has something to do with a campaign that seeks to elicit a pledge from the conscientious that they would shun meat and dairy products for at least this month. The fruit of Veganuary - the taxonomy plot thickens - goes back to the seed of 'Movember', another quaintly named mission that asks men to grow handlebar moustaches for the sake of health.