Reading While Eating for February 3: An Opossum at the Oscars and Left-Handed Parrots

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Australian tourists, transiting in Germany, arrive with the first Australian special charter flight from Cairo at the Frankfurt airport, February 2, 2011.

REUTERS/Alex Domanski

Happy Chinese New Year! Your Thursday lunch links include a Super Bowl (commercial!) preview and dogs playing tetherball. You’ll also see a three-foot tall Darth Vader. What more could you ask for?

Alone, Defiant and Inspiring in Cairo: NBC News shared the dramatic story of an elderly American woman defending herself from protesters — using only a knife, rolling pin and walking cane — in her home overlooking Cairo’s Tahrir Square. See how she used a rolling pin and a walking cane to protect herself.

Move Over Segways: Honda is releasing a unicycle-like mobility device. For lazy city riders, Honda’s device, on which one sits, beats a Segway, whose riders must still exert the energy to stand. (Discovery News)

Polly is a Lefty: An Australian study finds that parrots are left-handed. We’d still like to know which study found that parrots have hands. (Yahoo News)

The Super Bowl Ads Are Here: That would be commercials, of course. Here are the best ads that have gone live so far.

The Day the Music Died: On this day, 52 years ago, 22-year-old rock and roll pioneer Buddy Holly was killed when his plane crashed over Iowa. (The Baltimore Sun)

Oscar Bound: Heidi, the cross-eyed opossum, has been asked to co-host the Oscars. To avoid stressful travel from Germany, the marsupial will probably make a video cameo. (The Telegraph)

Year of the Rabbit: The Chinese zodiac begins the Year of the Rabbit today. See photos of rabbits in honor of the year 4709. (LIFE)

Must See: These Corgis are so bad at tetherball it’s…endearing? (The Daily What)