The resident faculty left a photo of an ancient Roman coin outside the mail room this morning. Their weekly clue was easy…. (More)

“Ahh, the Roman god Janus,” the Professor of Astrology Janitor said, looking at the photo left by the resident faculty when they made their way from the wine cellar library, where they spent the weekend drinking thinking on our motto of Magis vinum, magis verum (“More wine, more truth”), to the hot tub faculty lounge for their weekly game where the underwear goes flying planning conference.

“That reminds me of a junior high school rhyme,” Chef added with a chuckle as she brought out the decoder ring.

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“May the two-headed Janus get stuck in Uranus?” the Professor of Astrology Janitor asked, pronouncing the words JAY-nus and yer-RAY-nus.

“That’s the one,” Chef said. “It was really funny in seventh grade.”

The Professor of Astrology Janitor blushed ever so slightly. “I still think it’s funny.”

Pootie the Precious pawed her iHazPhone. “Y wud a god get stuck in a planet?”

“Well….” Chef began, then paused.

The Squirrel looked at Pootie P and tapped at his Blewberry. “The name of that planet sounds like a body part. The part where the vet puts the thermometer.”

Pootie P snapped her tail between her legs. “Eek.”

“But the names aren’t pronounced that way anymore,” the Professor of Astrology Janitor said. “Now it’s JAN-us and YER-an-us.”

“Which sounds like a planet made of litter box clumps,” Chef said with a giggle.

Pootie P wrinkled her nose. “Datz not much better.”

“So,” the Professor of Astrology Janitor said, “since the month of January is named for that two-headed god, I guess this week is New Year’s stuff?”

The Squirrel nodded and tapped at his Blewberry. “The resident faculty’s annual Year in Review on Thursday, and Mixed Nuts the rest of the week.”

“I suppose you’ll explain how squirrels invented the Julian calendar?” Chef asked.

“Actually, we helped,” the Squirrel texted with a proud flick of his tail.

Hmmm. Why doesn’t that surprise us….

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