Why The Name “The Information Artichoke”?

The “artichoke” part of the name is homage to an old joke, a good one IMHO.

A person is invited to attend a banquet at the White House, becomes very anxious at the thought of having to shake hands with the President and say a few words, and prepares and memorizes a set piece.  Unfortunately, it comes out wrong on the night.

“Oh Mr. President, isn’t the White House a magnificent building.  Can you tell me the name of the artichoke who designed it?”

Couldn’t resist!

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