I consider myself to be an intelligent guy. Okay, I'm borderline über-genius. But for every part smart, I'm also a part dumb. I like artichokes. I've had them in two different forms: boiled whole, where you pull off a leaf and dip it into a mayonnaise concoction, or the hearts all chopped up and part of another entree. But I've never followed one form into the other -- whole to heart. Last night I thought I'd boil an artichoke for an ambiguously healthy snack (while an artichoke is a vegetable, its healthy benefit is probably negated by dipping its leaves into mayonnaise). After peeling off the last leaf, I was left with the bare stem and base. My thought was that the heart was simply the part underneath, but it seems like I need an artichoke anatomy book because after disassembling the damn thing I was left with nothing that appeared edible. Where did the heart go? There were bits of 'choke dispersed all over my plate, looking like it exploded, but I saw nothing that resembled a core. I'll require some diagrams with a cross-section view. I may need to run one through a cat-scan machine.