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Art, candy and varmints

Banner day for boingboing today with a number of great items but two that I just had to post were:

Missing Munch paintings recovered

Authorities in Norway have found the Edvard Munch paintings–

scream The Scream and madonna.jpg Madonna

that were ripped off at gunpoint two years ago from the Munch Museum. The thieves were convicted in May but the paintings hadn’t been recovered.

A reader of Boingboing noted that this occurred just days after the following announcement was made:

M&M’s is offering 2 million dark chocolate M&M’s for the return of “The Scream,” a painting by Edvard Munch that was stolen from the Munch Museum in Oslo, Norway, in 2004.

The campaign accompanies the permanent addition of dark chocolate candies to the M&M’s product line, which was announced earlier this month.

The campaign aims to bring some fun into the dark chocolate category, which is perceived to be more serious, Masterfoods said.

and

Hedgehogs humble McDonalds.

LONDON (Reuters) – Hedgehogs have finally humbled burger giant McDonald’s after years of campaigning, forcing the company to redesign its killer McFlurry ice-cream containers.

Up to now the opening in the container has been large enough for hedgehogs to get their heads into for a lick of the left-over dessert — a trap they have then been unable to withdraw from, so dying of starvation in untold numbers.

But from September 1, the wide-mouthed opening in the lid of the McFlurry containers will be reduced in size, making them too small for the sugar-loving animals to get their heads into.

“This is excellent, it is long overdue news,” said Fay Vass, chief executive of the British Hedgehog Preservation Society. “We have been in touch with McDonald’s about this problem for over five years and are delighted that they have at last solved the problem.”

McDonald’s said in a statement the design change had resulted from pressure from the society which prompted “significant research and design testing” to develop new packaging.

“The smaller aperture of the lid has been designed to prevent hedgehogs from entering the McFlurry container in the unfortunate incidence that a lid is littered and is then accessible to wildlife,” it added.

“So they’ve been dying in untold numbers. How many is that?” “Hard to say really.”

One comment on “Art, candy and varmints

  1. It’s a kinder world now that I know there is a British Hedgehog Preservation Society.

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