Welcome back from the weekend! Your Monday links feature the all the Super Bowl’s highlights and lowlights — and pigeons in space.
Exploit Tibet?: The winner of this year’s most offensive/controversial Super Bowl spots might just be Groupon, for making jokes of Tibet, Brazilian deforestation and whales facing extinction.
Bad Neighbors: A new study shows that areas around gas stations are polluted with toxic chemicals, even when gas can’t be smelled. Guess that means gas stations are no longer a safe place to hang out. (Discovery News)
All the Ads: Couldn’t bare sitting through three hours of football to watch the long-awaited commercials? TIME reviewed all of the commercials, in order of appearance.
Pigeons in Space: Ever wonder what happens when astronauts and pigeons cohabit? Also, this is a must see for anyone nostalgic for the sound of a dying tape player. (The Daily What)
O What Did Christina Say: See the photo documentation of Christina Aguilera’s rendition of the national anthem. Those words sure can be tricky. (LIFE)
HuffPo Goes Corporate: The Packers weren’t the only winners of last night’s Super Bowl. AOL acquired Ariana Huffington’s self-named blog for $315 million, creating a new generation media company.
The Halftime Score: This map shows how viewers across the nation graded the Black Eyed Peas’ halftime show performance. Looks like the Peas were well received in…well, nowhere. (ESPN)
Border Divers: The U.S. Border Patrol found two attempted illegal immigrants from Mexico underwater, wearing wet suits, who tried to propel themselves into the U.S. using a “dive scooter.” Ten points for creativity. (Reuters)
Must See: Wisconsin’s full of tricky city names. Here’s what happens when a bunch of football fans in Texas try to pronounce them. (YouTube Trends)