Sure, you think you’ve heard all there is to know about the infamous Sin City, but few people actually know about how the city came to be, what it takes to keep it running or who’s really in charge. There is much more kept hidden away in the dessert city than most would imagine. Here are twenty of the most fascinating little-known facts about Las Vegas.
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The Las Vegas Strip is the brightest place on planet Earth when looked at from space. Between Fremont Street and Las Vegas Blvd, there is at least 15,000 miles of neon tubing.
From the Luxor shines the most powerful light in the world. It boasts 315,000 watts of light, which can be seen from hundreds of miles away. What keeps it shining is a room approximately 50 feet below the tip of the pyramid with 39 individual lightbulbs that shine 7,000 watts each. The light has been shining since 1993, but today is not as bright as it was when it first started due to the high cost. To keep it shining costs $51 per hour.
Las Vegas has nearly as many wedding chapels as casinos. Las Vegas makes getting married about as cheap and easy as possible. Over 300 weddings are performed each day, making it the top wedding destination in the nation. It also has the highest suicide rate in the nation. And it also has highest number of unlisted phone numbers in the world.
There are hundreds of people living in underground tunnels in Las Vegas. There has even been a book published about them called “Beneath the Moon.” The people who live in the tunnels were lost or homeless prior, but have strived to fashion a comfortable community within the tunnels, which includes fairly normal looking homes with beds and furniture. There is evidence of children living within the community, and one of its most admired assets is its art gallery, which displays large works of graffiti.
Found everywhere from the casinos to the airports to the grocery stores, Las Vegas has hundreds of thousands of slot machines. There is one slot machine for every eight people in Vegas
15. As one of the world’s hottest gambling spots, people bet on nearly everything. A case in 1980 showed US citizens how severe it really was when a Las Vegas hospital had to suspend workers for placing bets on when patients would die. A nurse at the hospital was even accused of murdering one of her patients in order to win a bet.
While gambling in Vegas has destroyed the lives and finances of many, it is actually the only reason FedEx still exists today. When on the brink of bankruptcy, the CEO of the company Frederick W. Smith took his last $5,000 to Vegas and won $27,000, which was enough to cover the company’s fuel bill of $24,000 and keep the business in the clear.
At the famous Heart Attack Grill in downtown Las Vegas, a man actually had a heart attack during his meal.
This couldn’t have been too surprising in reality, considering the restaurant gives hospital gowns to customers to wear as bibs and comped meals to those weighing over 350 pounds.
Half of the world’s top 25 hotels are located in Las Vegas. One of which is the Mirage, which has gold windows that get their color from actual gold dust.
Las Vegas is endearing to those who want to be irresponsibly. So of course, there is a heavy-machinery playground for adults, where you can play with bulldozers for fun.
10. Las Vegas consumes over 60,000 pounds of shrimp everyday, which is more than the rest of the nation combined.
Of course, crime evolves in Sin City. There is a blackbook of people who are not allowed to enter any casino in the city.
The Stratosphere 1,150 feet tall with over 100 stories.
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