OK, it’s not really related to hiking, but it does have to do with culture in rural areas, where at least some of us (including me) live, and where many hikers go hiking.
Seems the Republican candidate for governor of the great state of Montana was accused of being a vegetarian! Heavens to Murgatroyd! From the Billings [Montana] Gazette:
Republican gubernatorial candidate Roy Brown this week accused Democrats of spreading a false rumor that he is a vegetarian in this meat-loving state.
“I am not and have never been a vegetarian,” Brown said.
“I am disgusted by the baseless allegation that I am a vegetarian and that my personal eating habits should somehow be construed as opposed to the economic interests of Montana’s livestock industry.”
I know that most Americans won’t vote for an atheist, but now we see that being a vegetarian can be potentially risky to one’s political ambitions, at least in the western states. (Although it might help you in San Francisco…)