MEANWHILE IN GERMANY: THE COOKIE MONSTER GIVES BACK THE COOKIE
Police in Hanover have retrieved what is believed to be the missing golden Liebniz cookie, the emblem of local food company Bahlsen.
On Tuesday it appeared the cookie had been found, attached to a statue of a horse at the city’s Leibniz University with a red ribbon tied around it.
The site of the find is significant, because the cookie had been modelled after the Leibniz brand of biscuits. The local newspaper, the Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung has reported that police on Tuesday morning used a fire truck ladder to remove the golden cookie, which was slightly bent and had apparently suffered damage after it had been stolen from the Bahlsen company’s headquarters in the city. Later on Tuesday, police provided initial confirmation of the emblem’s authenticity. Just one day earlier, the local newspaper reported on a letter it had received from the “Cookie Monster,” indicating the emblem would be returned.
"Because Werni loves the biscuit as much as I do and now always cries and misses the biscuit so badly, I’m giving it back to him!!!" it reads, ostensibly in reference to Werner Michael Bahlsen, the head of Bahlsen, which makes the globally successful Liebnitz brand of cookies.
The letter arrived one week after the paper received a ransom note, with a picture of Cookie Monster biting the corner of the emblem. The perpetrator had demanded that the company donate cookies to the local children’s hospital if it ever wanted to see its gold Leibniz biscuit again. The company’s CEO later promised he would donate 52,000 packages of cookies to 52 social facilities if Bahlsen was given back its emblem.
Leibniz cookies are named after Hanover native son Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, a German mathematician and philosopher who lived from 1646 to 1716, and remains one of Germany’s most admired intellectual figures today.
Police have not yet publicly identified any possible culprit behind the crime.
dsl — with wire