Miami doctor Arturo Carvajal is suing the Houston's Restaurant chain for allowing him to eat an entire grilled artichoke, not warning him that parts of the vegetable aren't safely digestible or offering any instruction as to how to consume it.
According to the suit filed on October 25th, Mr. Carvajal began "experiencing severe abdominal pain and discomfort," and at a local hospital, an exploratory laparotomy revealed that "artichoke leaves were found lodged within Plaintiff's small bowell [sic]."
Here's how to keep that from happening to you.
Once you've gotten down to the center of the artichoke, use a spoon to scrape out the inedible fuzzy part called the "choke" to find the heart. Cut this into pieces, dipping them as you did the leaves, or eat it plain.
The chain's VP and general counsel Glenn Viers told Crain's Business Insurance, "What's next? Are we going to have to post warnings on our menu they shouldn't eat the bones in our barbeque ribs?" and noted that they're going to defend themselves, "vigorously."
Our rule of thumb - if part of a dish seems inedible, for goodness' sakes, don't keep trying to eat it. Really. Truly. Just trust us - and many, many, many centuries of natural selection.