| With nothing better to talk about today I'm going to write today about how I think the cavemen of the Northern California coast were geniuses. I was thinking about what I'm going to eat for dinner tonight. Frozen crap sucks, eating out as often as I do gets too expensive, I have hamburger meat, but nothing to go with it. I think I'll stop at the store and get a vegetable. How about an artichoke?
I love artichokes, but I really want to know how the first person to eat one figured it out?
Scene: Caveman sitting on a Monterey Peninsula beach hungry and thinking about what to eat for dinner (sound familiar?)
Errrgh (Caveman): Uggh.....me not want no fish no more! Me sick of abalone! Me want something green to eat!
Uggh (Caveman's Wife): Errrgh, how about one of these delicious fresh vegetables native and plentiful in our homeland? Also, with the exception of that green prickly flower pod thing, all very easy to prepare?
Errrgh: No, woman. Me want the most difficult one to eat! I get pod thing.
(Errgh makes way to the artichokes and grabs for one)
Errgh: OW! These hurt Errrgh. Prick Errrgh's finger! (picks one anyway and takes a bite like an apple)
Errgh: Very tough....much like dried mammoth hides!
Uggh: Let me boil that for you (throws it in boiling water).
Errgh: (takes another bite) Still not good! Hurt Errgh's jaw to chew. And what is all this crap in middle? (spits out stringy choke at center)
Uggh: Honey, try an avocado.
Errgh (determined): NO! Errgh want green stringy tough pod thing with prickly things on outside!
How anyone ever got through all the crappy layers of artichoke to discover the delicious meat at the heart of it is beyond me. I'm off to dinner!