5 Lunchtime Links: Super Bowl ad rundown

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This image provided by Mountain Dew shows a “Puppymonkeybaby” in a scene from the company's Kickstart spot for Super Bowl 50. (PepsiCo via AP)
This image provided by Mountain Dew shows a “Puppymonkeybaby” in a scene from the company's Kickstart spot for Super Bowl 50. (PepsiCo via AP)

This image provided by Mountain Dew shows a “Puppymonkeybaby” in a scene from the company’s Kickstart spot for Super Bowl 50. (PepsiCo via AP)

1. Which Super Bowl ads were worth watching an ad?

On the only day of the year you actually want to watch the commercials, there was plenty to see. With ad-spots running for millions of dollars, which companies put their money to good use and which would have been better off on the sidelines? Will we ever again see anything as strange as Mountain Dew’s bizarre “puppymonkeybaby” creation? Has Heinz proven that weiner dogs are always the way to go? You can watch all of the ads and vote on your favorite here.

2. Stephen Colbert finds new animal specialist in Will Ferrell.

He’s no Jack Hanna, but Will Ferrell had the socks and vest of a resident animal expert when he appeared on Stephen Colbert’s “The Late Show,” following the Super Bowl, Sunday. Not only that, he had the vicious animals needed to prove his expertise — or was it a kitten, a guinea pig and a gerbil? The “Zoolander 2” actor brought some of the “rarest” animals including a “short-spined Peruvian mongoose” that looked a lot like a kitten, and had only three words to say in promoting his new movie: “Haven’t seen it.” Watch the full clip here.

3. J.J. Abrams joins SXSW Featured Speakers.

In what is major news for “Star Wars” superfans, director J.J. Abrams will join “The Jinx” director Andrew Jarecki for a conversation on keeping digital entertainment humane during SXSW as part of the festival’s Featured Speakers. The talk will be part a Convergence session available to all SXSW badgeholders. SXSW also added about two dozen other Featured Speakers Monday morning including Oscar-winning actress Geena Davis and the family behind Atari and Chuck-E-Cheese.

4. Beyonce announces world tour.

Beyonce announced her 2016 Formation World Tour during an ad following her performance in the Super Bowl halftime show with Bruno Mars and Coldplay Sunday. Starting April 27 in Miami and ending July 31 in Brussels, the tour will include performances in North America and Europe. Ticket sales will begin Feb. 15. Her performance at the Super Bowl included a rendition of her new song released Saturday “Formation.”

5. Finding your real friends on Facebook.

No need to feel guilty about your annoyance with that one Facebook friend’s statuses. Chances are, according to a recent scientific study, they aren’t even your real friend. The study asserts that we only have about “four real friends and 14 that care at all.” Tech writer Omar L. Gallaga dives into the distinction between friends and “friends,” and hopes that even with its inherent “limits and constraints” Facebook offers friends (real or otherwise) some way of expressing “kindness and empathy.”


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