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World Cup winner Roberto Carlos plays for Shrewsbury pub team

And other stories from the stranger side of life

The Brazilian World Cup winner Roberto Carlos made an unlikely return to the game, swapping the yellow of Brazil for the red shirt of an English pub team. The retired left-back made an appearance for Bull in the Barne United in the village of Hanwood, near Shrewsbury, after the team won a charity “Dream Transfer” raffle on eBay. Although Carlos scored, Bull in the Barne still suffered a 4-3 defeat at the hands of fellow Shrewsbury and District Sunday Football League side Harlescott Rangers, noted Irish sports site The 42.

False claims of ‘crisis actors’ go viral

Claims that the invasion of Ukraine is a “hoax” have gone viral, reported the BBC. A video showing a woman and man having fake blood applied to their faces has been widely shared as “proof” that the war in Ukraine is a “hoax” and civilian victims are actually “crisis actors”, said the broacaster’s Reality Check team. However, the video was shot in 2020 on the production set of a Ukrainian TV series called Contamin and has no connection to the current conflict.

Ed Sheeran ‘best artist to get your dogs to sleep’

Ed Sheeran’s songs are the most calming for dogs, according to a new study. Researchers analysed the top sleep playlists on Spotify to find the best sounds for sleepy canines. Sheeran was named the best artist to send dogs to sleep, with his acoustic song The Joker and the Queen said to be particularly effective. Taylor Swift and John Mayer came in second and third place, noted The Daily Mirror.

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