A blackout, an army of Beyoncés and an intentional safety: Super Bowl XLVII may have been the first Super Bowl in a long time that was more interesting than the multi-million-dollar commercials surrounding it. In fact, this year’s ads weren’t a very standout collection, consisting of mostly rehashed and underwhelming entries. What’s the point of spending millions on a 30-second spot if people aren’t going to be buzzing about it the next day?
At Super Bowl XLVI, car companies clearly ran over beer companies. Anheuser-Busch—normally the King of Commercials—fumbled in 2012. The Budweiser brewer tossed off a couple of forgettably nostalgic spots before bottoming out with the introduction of Bud Light Platinum, which ... has a higher credit limit than other beers? I have no idea. Car companies, however, pulled out the stops with a string of notable ads. Hot babes made a good showing, as always, hawking cars, more cars and domain name registration. Dogs also had their day, starring in five spots (six if you count Snoopy in the MetLife commercial). Monkeys, bears and babies, on the other hand, seem to have worn out their welcome. Good riddance to them.
Again with the debt ceiling.
Kim Jong-il's two-day funeral begins.
Yes, Congress really is as bad as you think.
Rick Santorum promises to pack up and go home if he comes in last in Iowa.
Democrat Ben Nelson is retiring from the Senate.
No New Mexico float in the Rose Parade this year.
Surprise! Newt Girgrich's divorce papers contradict his claims about the split.
Questions are being asked about Jerry Sandusky's wife.
Mayor Berry reviews the first half of his term.
Vladimir Putin is too cool for vote rigging.
Two killed in a shootout at a Church's Chicken in Chicago.
Tweeting the phrase human to animal contact will attract the attention of the Department of Homeland Security.
A $25 computer about to begin production.
The great exploding churro lawsuit has been settled.
Toys R Us sued over loose wagon wheel.
ANIMALS TALKING IN ALL CAPS is exactly as awesome as the name implies.
The 50 most entered BitTorrent phrases of 2011 are…
Adorable anti-gender marketing rant from a 4-year-old.
2011s best animal videos.
When will the Co-op get a man aisle?
SETI to search the moon for alien footprints.
The Grand Canyon Burger sounds awesome!
Save cash and avoid airport impulse buys.
The true weight of the internet is somewhere between a grain of salt and a strawberry.
Former Saturday Night Live writer dead of apparent suicide.
Sweet old computer magazine covers from the 70s/80s.