Link Tank: Ranking All Super Bowl LIV Commercials

Super Bowl LIV commercials, Black History Month, reviewing the new 16-inch MacBook Pro, and more in today's Link Tank!

People care more about Super Bowl commercials than the game, so here’s all the commercials from this year’s Big Game, ranked.

“What makes the a Super Bowl commercial truly stand out? If there was an exact formula, a secret ingredient that would guarantee your product would sell and everyone on social media would praise you, companies wouldn’t have to go to such absurd lengths to desperately reverse-engineer viral moments. They wouldn’t have to hire celebrities, stage elaborate stunts, or try to make you cry. They’d just follow the formula and rake in the cash.”

Read more at Thrillist.

Bill Murray brought to us a little of Groundhog Day in this year’s Super Bowl Jeep commercial.

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“For us non-sports fans, the Super Bowl is less about the game itself than the star-studded commercials and the halftime show. Several companies are dropping their commercials early, including Jeep, which has pulled out all the stops to promote their 2020 Jeep Gladiator. Since this year’s Super Bowl falls on Groundhog Day, Jeep is revisiting the 1993 comedy classic of the same name.”

Read more at The Mary Sue.

Evolution is still alive and well, even with us humans. Here are three fairly recent adaptations and mutations that we underwent as a species.

“Evolution is an ongoing process, although many don’t realize people are still evolving. It’s true that Homo sapiens look very different than Australopithecus afarensis, an early hominin that lived around 2.9 million years ago. But it is also true that we are very different compared to members of our same species, Homo sapiens, who lived 10,000 years ago — and we will very likely be different from the humans of the future.”

Read more at Inverse.

February is Black History Month! Here’s why the second month of the year was chosen in the first place.

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“Every February since 1976, the United States has celebrated the achievements of African-Americans during Black History Month. The month-long celebration puts those accomplishments and milestones into focus via the media and in classrooms.  But why February? Was that part of the calendar chosen for any specific purpose?”

Read more at Mental Floss.

The most recent cinematic take on the story of Hansel and Gretel, Gretel and Hansel, is a great horror movie for kids.

“Once upon a time, fairy tales were for children. The stories, though, were not the sweet, saccharine, happily ever after versions that have since been cleaned up by Disney. The original tales of heroines like Snow White, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and the Little Mermaid were much darker, full of witches that devoured livers, birds that pecked out stepsisters’ eyes, and princesses who were ordered to murder their princes or face death themselves.”

Read more at The Week.

Apple’s new 16-inch MacBook Pro is looking to be the best Apple laptop in years.

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“If you’ve bought an Apple laptop in the last few years and you try out the new 16-inch MacBook Pro, you will be furious. It’s so good. It works precisely as a laptop should—the issues that have plagued Apple’s laptops in recent years seem absent. Everything about the device seems to follow an age-old Apple edict the company forgot: It just works.”

Read more at Gizmodo.