So, the new theory accounts for where the people went… but where did all the rats go? (Gregory Boissy / AFP/Getty Images)

A new theory about the fate of Easter Island popped up this week. It involves eating a whole heckuva lot of rats and how it might shed light on our own future. That should get you in the mood to read on about overpriced holiday merchandise, networking vs. dating and when telecommuting becomes a problem.

“But let’s think about this new alternative — where humans degrade their environment but somehow ‘muddle through.’ Is that better? In some ways, I think this ‘success’ story is just as scary.” — Robert Krulwich at applies a new theory about the fate of Easter Island’s population. The prevailing scenario theorizes that the population of Easter Island died out from destroying the island’s ecosystem. However, a new theory suggests that it wasn’t people who obliterated the environment, but rats. And instead of dying, the people adapted — they ate rat meat. (They died out after European explorers introduced disease to the population.) 

“The Williams-Sonoma universe is a magical pristine alternate dimension where every room has crown molding and your wife can fart out a perfect red velvet bundt cake in nine seconds flat from her Wolf oven … ” — Drew Magary at lists one of many reasons why he is not a fan of the Williams-Sonoma catalog. Among the items Magary finds the most absurd are the snowflake-shaped marshmallows — which go for nearly $6 for four marshmallows — and the Miele Rotary Iron, a large-scale iron that presses and folds linens. That’s $2,000.

“But it looks like a date. It feels like a date. It walks like a date … so is it a date?” — Meredith Fineman at questions the nature of networking, which, she says as a single, female entrepreneur, has changed because of an increasingly laid-back idea of what “professionalism” is. Many networking events she attends involve mood lighting and alcohol — like a date.

“I need structure or I seem to fall away from societal norms like bathing and changing my clothes.” — blogger Megan at admits she’d have a hard time being a full-time teleworker after being forced to telecommute earlier this week because of weather. She said she didn’t change clothes for 48 hours.