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15 Things You Didn’t Know About Las Vegas

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There’s a reason more than 41 million people flock to Vegas each year. Where else can you ride a gondola in Venice, have dinner in the Alpines, place a bet in a world-famous casino, get hitched in a pink corvette and cheers champagne glasses under the Eiffel Tower – all in the span of only 4 hours? Nowhere else, that’s where. Sin City is the ultimate getaway. What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas… well- except for this round up of 15 dirty little secrets that managed to make it off the strip.

15 Things You Didn’t Know About Las Vegas

  1. Vegas is home to 14 of the world’s 20 biggest hotels.15 Things You Didn't Know About Las Vegas
  2. The largest sum won on Vegas’ slots was at the Excalibur. After putting in $100, a 25 year-old software engineer won $39 million. A pretty amazing score, considering he beat the odds for 1 in 16.7 million.
  3. Gambling not your thing? Not to worry – there’s a heavy equipment playground in Las Vegas where you can drive bulldozers for fun!
  4. In roughly 10 minutes, you and your ‘special someone’ can snag a marriage license at the bureau in downtown Las Vegas. Open every day from 8 a.m. until midnight, some 10,000 couples wed in the city each month. That’s about 300 per day!
    15 Things You Didn't Know About Las Vegas
  5. At 1,149 feet, the Stratosphere Las Vegas is the tallest freestanding observation tower in the nation.
  6. The Las Vegas Strip is the brightest place on Earth when looked at from outer space. How you’ll ever get such a vantage point, I have no idea. But you can always opt for a pretty sweet helicopter ride, instead. Won’t exactly get you to outer space; but hey, nothing else will get you any closer! (Helicopter rides in New York are pretty sweet, too. Read all about ’em here!)
    15 Things You Didn't Know About Las Vegas
  7. FedEx founder Frederick W. Smith saved his company with a trip to Vegas. In 1974, three years after he created the company, Smith took the venture’s last $5,000 and turned it into $32,000 after a weekend of blackjack.
  8. It would take 288 years for one person to spend one night in every hotel room in Las Vegas.
  9. There’s a city underneath the city. Originally built to protect the town from flash floods, miles of tunnels currently house hundreds of homeless residents.
  10. Yes ladies, it’s true: the hunks from Thunder Down Under really are from Australia. Not only do these studs have perfectly chiseled bodies, they’ve also got Aussie accents. The icing on an already drool-worthy cake.
    15 Things You Didn't Know About Las Vegas
  11. In May 1955, the Moulin Rouge made history when it became the city’s first interracial casino. Legendary boxer Joe Louis, a part owner, declared, “This isn’t the opening of a Las Vegas hotel. It’s history.”
  12. To perform at the Hilton hotel, Liberace had a $300,000 weekly salary.
  13. Las Vegas has a “black book” of her own: a list of people who are banned from setting foot in any casino in the city.
  14. The Luxor Sphinx in Las Vegas is actually larger than the original.
    15 Things You Didn't Know About Las Vegas
  15. Vegas’ water structures, like fountains and man-made lakes, use something called grey-water, which is recycled water from sinks, bathtubs and showers.

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