Graveyard on Ice: Japanese Skating Rink Closes After Freezing 5,000 Fish

In Japan, everything goes, and the country has lived up to this perception after Space World creates a skating rink with 5,000 dead frozen fish as its main attraction. But after receiving public criticism, the amusement park has decided to close the so ... ( read original story ...)

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