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The Headlines:

  • Toddler Finds $50-Thousand Engagement Ring In McDonald’s Ball Pit (FAKE)
  • Japan Wants Tourists To Stop Writing Messages In Ancient Sand Dunes (REAL)

Rule number one when visiting a foreign country is to understand what the laws are and to make sure you don't break them. Japan is currently having a hard time getting that point across to visitors. Authorities in Japan are urging foreign visitors to stop illegally defacing a series of giant, ancient sand dunes in the south west of the country after they have seen an increase in graffiti drawn in the sand. 228 such incidents have been recorded by the government last year, up from 200 drawings in 2017. Here's the thing, defacing the dunes has been illegal for 10 years but visitors are seemingly unaware of the rules. In fact, earlier this year a visiting couple wrote, "Happy Birthday Natalie" across a dune. They were ordered to clean the area themselves. Japan welcomed more than 31 million foreign visitors last year and that is more than triple the number of tourists that came from abroad in 2008. The dunes are a popular destination among tourists seeking a good Instagram picture. The dunes have existed for over 100,000 years, and stretch around 10 miles along the coast.

  • School Teacher Fired For Giving Student Donuts (FAKE)

Tottori Sand Dunes

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