Curious about what the people of Easter Island ate for dinner, researchers examined the dental records of some 41 skeletons that had been dug up and stored. Isotopes in the dentin of dead people's teeth reveal what the people ate before they died. Accepted speculation regarding the skeletons' diet includes sweet potatoes and bananas.
What did the folks on Easter Island eat for protein?
Hostmaster: that's sick. And happily, incorrect.
Correct. Well, close enough. It seems they mainly ate rats. Researchers theorize that early inhabitants may have brought rats with them from other places and then raised them for food, like pigs or cows.
So ends another round of Pop Culture Frenzy. Who's up for a plate of Rat Tartare?