Reading While Eating, Feb. 7: Super Bowl Ads and Blunders, Huffington Post Hits the Jackpot, Border Jumpers Go Underwater

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Six year-old Jenajah Collins plays on the field after the Green Bay Packers and her father, safety Nick Collins, defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers to win the NFL's Super Bowl XLV football game in Arlington, Texas, February 6, 2011.

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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)


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and.austin

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