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20 Things About Las Vegas You Never Knew

April 1, 2015

As a city, flashy Las Vegas lays all its cards on the table, leaving little for you to do but to take in its glitz, glamour and sometimes excessive ways. But there’s more to this metropolis than over the top casinos, big buffets, beautiful showgirls and guys, and unparalleled nightlife. We dug deeper to bring you 20 facts you didn’t know about Vegas that will have locals and visitors alike falling in love with the city all over again.

  1. It would take 288 years for one person to spend one night in every Las Vegas hotel room.
  2. Prostitution in Las Vegas is not legal—who knew?
  3. About 15,000 miles of neon tubing can be found in The Strip and downtown Vegas.
  4. That may explain why, when looked at from space, Vegas is the brightest place on Earth.
  5. Las Vegas boasts the largest population of Hawaiians outside of the islands, making it unofficially Hawaii’s 9th island.
  6. If your idea of fun is driving bulldozers around, there’s a heavy equipment playground in Las Vegas just for you.
  7. Las Vegas has a “black book,” listing everyone that’s banned from entering any casino in the city.
  8. At 1,149 feet, the Stratosphere Las Vegas is the tallest freestanding observation tower in the nation.
  9. Mobster Bugsy Siegel named his casino The Flamingo after his girlfriend, a showgirl whose long legs earned her the same nickname.
  10. After putting in $100, a 25 year-old software engineer won $39 million—the largest sum ever won in Vegas—beating the odds at the time for 1 in 16.7 million.
  11. Shrimp consumption in Sin City is over 60,000 pounds per day—that’s more than the rest of the nation combined.
  12. Despite it feeling larger than life, Las Vegas is located in the Mojave Desert, which is actually the smallest desert in America.
  13. The white circles around the letters of the word “welcome” on the Las Vegas sign were supposed to look like silver dollars because Nevada is known as The Silver State.
  14. There are a whopping 300 weddings every day in Las Vegas. That means it’s the top wedding destination in the US and second only to Istanbul for most weddings in one city.
  15. SLS Las Vegas boasts 23 million LED lights on property (that’s 8x the height of Mt. Everest!)
  16. There is a service in Las Vegas that will make house (and hotel) calls to cure your hangover.
  17. It’s illegal to buy drinks for more than four people at the same time in Vegas—one quirky Nevada law left over from the old days.
  18. The number four is considered unlucky in Chinese culture, so many Vegas hotels have begun omitting the fourth floor from their layout.
  19. Despite renting the hotel’s entire top two floors in 1967, Howard Hughes overstayed his welcome at the Desert Inn. Instead of leaving when he was asked, he bought the resort for about $13 million.
  20. 2,400 pounds of confetti are sprayed at XIV Vegas Sessions parties at Hyde Bellagio every year.