Did M&M’s help find Munch’s ‘The Scream’?

Mms_5 Police have just announced that they’ve recovered two Edvard Munch paintings, including his famous work The Scream, that were stolen from an Oslo museum in 2004. Is it a coincidence that Mars just last week began offering a reward of 2 million dark-chocolate M&M’s for the return of the painting? (The promotion is tied to a new ad for Dark M&M’s that shows the red M&M playing hopscotch in the background of the work—“bringing a bit of levity … to the famous dark existential painting,” according to Mars.) The fine print doesn’t seem to include any obvious caveats—it seems the Norwegian cops are owed 2 million little ones, whether they had their eye on them or not.

—Posted by Tim Nudd