Quirky World: Fans vote soap star exit the all-time cliff-hanger

EastEnders villain Janine Butcher pushing her new husband Barry Evans off a cliff has been named as the best soap opera exit of all time.

Quirky World: Fans vote soap star exit the all-time cliff-hanger

A fifth of 2,000 people surveyed chose the dramatic moment as the most memorable character departure in a poll to mark the exit of one of comparethemarket.com’s meerkats.

One of the cuddly characters will have what the firm has described as a ‘shock exit’ in a Christmas Day advert.

Counterfeit cash

Police have recovered more than £2m (€2.5m) of counterfeit cash.

Officers investigating a multi-million pound jewellery fraud stopped four men at the Portland Thistle Hotel in central Manchester, police said.

The men were in possession of more than £2m worth of counterfeit euro, about £50,000 worth of legitimate euro and more than £100,000 of high value watches.

Fire rescue

Authorities are crediting a chocolate Labrador with saving the life of a Sacramento man after it alerted him to a fire inside a home that appeared not to have a smoke detector.

Sacramento Fire Department spokesman Roberto Padilla said the man told firefighters he was sleeping when his dog Buddy nudged him and woke him up. The man saw a fire burning in a bedroom in the rear of the house.

The Sacramento Bee reported the man suffered from smoke inhalation and had soot on his face. Mr Padilla said the man did not recall hearing a smoke alarm, and firefighters had found no evidence of a working smoke detector in the house.

Condiments case

Hellmann’s mayonnaise maker Unilever has withdrawn its lawsuit against the maker of ‘Just Mayo’.

Unilever filed a lawsuit against Hampton Creek earlier this year, claiming the name of the small California company’s product amounted to false advertising.

The consumer products giant said that ‘Just Mayo’ has no eggs and therefore does not meet the definition of mayonnaise. It argued that the word “mayo” implies that the product is mayonnaise, and that Hampton Creek was stealing market share from Hellmann’s.

Hampton Creek said that it marketed its product as “mayo” rather than mayonnaise specifically to meet labelling regulations. Unilever said it decided to withdraw the lawsuit so that Hampton. Creek can address its label directly .

Case of colour

Coco, a reddish-brown pit bull with white markings, went missing from her Southern California home on Thanksgiving. Nearly a month later, she was found and reunited with her owners — but she was a different colour.

Riverside County animal services officials made the match when they scanned a stray, black dog for an implanted microchip and found she was listed as an 8-month-old reddish-brown pit bull adopted in October from a San Jacinto shelter, the Press-Enterprise reported.

Officials believe Coco was stolen and dyed in an act of deception to make it harder for owners Christopher Ingrassi and Heather Lowry to find her, said Riverside County Field and Shelter deputy director Frank Corvino. Officials believe the dog escaped from the thief’s property.

“The dye job is not very good,” Corvino said in a statement. “But it would work if someone’s looking for their missing, reddish-brown dog.”

Animal Services spokesman John Welsh said Coco shouldn’t suffer any long-term consequences from the dye.

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