If you have been following me for a while you will know that I love stats, fun and curious facts. So, how could I not follow that pattern for the end of my Las Vegas series? Plus, this is another opportunity to shamefully show some of my favourite photos from that trip.
I hope you have enjoyed the Las Vegas series, as much as I have in putting it together, and if all plans work out, I will be going back there in a few months or so.
So, here are a few lesser known facts about Sin City:
- According to Clark County records, more than 10,000 couples tie the know every month in Las Vegas.
- There are more than 150,000 hotel rooms in the city.
- The Dunes Hotel (which was imploded in 1993) was the first property to feature topless showgirls in 1957.
- Underneath The Strip runs a tunnel system for flood control measures which is inhabited by thousands of homeless people.
- Construction worker “hard hats” were first specifically invented for the workers on the Hoover Dam in 1933.
- You can fit nine Boeing 747’s, stacked on top of each other, into the Luxor’s atrium.
- Despite the fact that Las Vegas is the gambling city of the world, the state of Nevada does not allow lotteries.
- Slot machines take in over 60% of a casino’s earnings and are required to pay out at least 75% on average. The typical slot machine is fashioned after the Liberty Bell model, which was invented in 1899 by Charles Fey.
- A rare chandelier, designed by Gustav Eiffel (he off Eiffel Tower fame) was bought by hotel mogul Steve Wynn and now hangs at the Terrace Point Café entrance at the Wynn Hotel.
- The Bellagio grows its own herbs for its restaurants on its roof top garden.
- The Wynn and the Rio hotels do not have tower floors starting with the number 4; elevators go from 38, 39 to 50, 51, and so on. Why? Because high-rollers from China are important to them and in Chinese culture the number four is considered to be bad luck.
- In 1938 saddled horses were banned from inside casinos.
- The Strip is the brightest place on Earth when looked at from outer space.