Interesting Tidbits Las Vegas facts you might not know
84.4% of Nevada's land is
owned by the federal government - more than any other state.
Nevada is one of seven states
in the USA that does not have state income tax. The others are
Alaska, Florida, South Dakota, Texas, Washington,
and Wyoming. New Hampshire and Tennessee,
tax only dividend and interest income.
You may have noticed the coconut
that permeates the air in the Mirage
and Mandalay Bay, or the
old-lady perfume smell in the Palms.
When asked if they pump this scent through the air system, the
answer from the employees is always "no". Well, a little research
has revealed that they are lying to us. Aroma Systems Inc.
manufactures the devices that do just that. And they list these and
other Vegas resorts as their clients.
Visit their website and see for
In the Chinese culture, the number
considered bad luck. High-rolling whales from China are very
important to the gambling industry in Vegas. With this in mind,
Wynn Las Vegas
Rio have no tower
floors that start with four. The elevators count 38, 39, 50, 51 etc.
The Dunes main tower, its casino and most of its restaurants, clubs, and theaters all fit where the Bellagio's lake now sits. See a composite photo here showing this and the massive size difference between the Dunes and Bellagio towers.
The Bellagio tower is not as symmetrical as it looks. See why here
When the Stratosphere
tower was under construction, somebody in charge thought they had made a
rather large error as
the curvature of the north east leg
appeared to be wrong. They compensated for the error and
continued pouring concrete (altering the original curve) until they
realized there never was a problem. Now the incorrectly
corrected leg was going too straight. Another adjustment was
made to get it back into alignment. This is easily visible today.
See photos here
Las Vegas' McCarran International
has become the nation's fifth-busiest passenger
Haunted Vegas There are several supposedly haunted hotels in Las Vegas, here are a few :
1. The Luxor Sightings of a ghost have been seen roaming the long room hallways that encircle the pyramid. Three men lost their lives during construction of the pyramid tower. Others say the place is cursed and will remain so until the image of an eye is installed at the pinnacle of the tower, outside.
2. The Flamingo Some say they see Bugsy Siegel's ghost wandering the gardens near the site of his (long ago demolished) suite, when the shadows grow long, before sunset. Bugsy was killed in LA, but some believe that spirits return to places they love.
3. Bally's During the fire of 1980 (when Bally's was the MGM Grand), 84 people lost their lives. There have been many reports of sightings in the older buildings of this hotel.
4. Las Vegas Hilton The ghost of Elvis has been seen lurking back stage in the showroom where he performed
5. Bellagio Actor Justin Pierce committed suicide in 2000, by hanging himself in one of the Bellagio's rooms.
6. Hard Rock Legendary bassist for the Who, John Entwistle died there in 2002
Between the years of 2000 and 2007, (despite alarms, fences, and security personnel),
five people have jumped to their deaths from the tower's observation
deck, more than 1,000-feet tall. One such man was a 27-year-old man from Bristol, England
who took his last big step on 2/3/2006.
When the Luxor hotel opened in 1993, there was a river that encircled
the casino level and was intended to ferry guests to the elevators. But
when people complained about the 90-minute wait, the Luxor decided to
let guests walk to the elevators and promote the ride as the Nile River
Adventure. The 15-minute guided barge tour drifted past the Valley of
the Queens, King Ramses temple, and other Egyptian-style art. The
river was removed as part of a major interior remodeling in 1995.
The movie "Casino",
is based on
the history of Frank "Lefty" Rosenthal of the Stardust. In the movie the
Riviera was used for the interior shots and the Landmark's porte-cochere
was used for the exterior shots.
Population 1.7 million in the Las Vegas Metro area: (estimated 2004)
See these areas on
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Prostitution is not legal in Las Vegas or Clark County Don't listen to your pals, or anyone else who would like to convince you otherwise. Prostitution is not legal in Las Vegas or any other part of Clark County. However, prostitution is legal in Pahrump, Nevada., (part of neighboring Nye County, about 45 minutes away). Different county, different laws. This is visible on THE Regional Map
The Strip is not in
but rather on unincorporated land governed by Clark County. Las Vegas city
limits start at Sahara Ave (northward), So, many visitors of Las
Vegas have never been to Las Vegas (unless they visited the
Stratosphere). You can see the city boundaries on
and even better on
THE Area Map.
The Rise and Fall and Rise of an Icon From the Desert Inn's beginnings through its many expansions to its demise to make room for Wynn Las Vegas. This progression is noteworthy. Click here to view it.
The Marina Hotel was Absorbed by the MGM Grand, not Imploded The original rooms building of the Marina Hotel and Casino still exists, hiding under a sheath of emerald glass. Click here to see where it is.
How to Build a Mountain The Mountain in front of Wynn Las Vegas is pretty much...well, a mountain. Looking at the early stage construction photos, it's made of rebar cages filled with rocks and dirt. This will allow the trees to take root properly. These cages surround three huge silos which house the plumbing and electrics for all the special effects. Click here to view the progression.
Window Eye Trick The Bellagio, Caesars Augustus tower and Treasure Island all have an architectural feature designed to trick the eye into seeing the buildings as smaller (thus closer) than they really are. Each window covers four rooms on two floors. Wynn Las Vegas uses the same trick, in that there are two floors between each white stripe. Click here to see some examples.
Fake Rivets The original Eiffel
Tower was built in 1889 and is made of wrought iron pieces
which are fastened together with 2,500,000 rivets. The tower in Vegas is
made from welded steel and is stronger structurally and has "fake
rivets" to duplicate the look of the original.
Grey Water Las Vegas is currently
in the middle of a drought, yet there are seemingly wasteful
water features like fountains, waterfalls, the four acre lake at Wynn
Las Vegas and the ten acre, 27 million gallon lake and Fountains of
Bellagio. Well, fret not, as the water used in these water features is
"grey-water". Grey-water is the reclaimed water from the sinks, bathtubs
and showers of the hotel which is then filtered, cleaned and
chlorinated. OK, I know what you're thinking, and the answer is NO, not
the toilets, that's called black-water. The black-water drains through a
separate system to the city's sewers.
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