10 Things You Didn’t Know About Las Vegas

A while ago, I promised you guys that I would write some posts about not well-known American cities. I know that Las Vegas is actually a very famous city. However, because I was there this past week, I got inspired and decided to write about it anyway LOL. I believe people have a good notion about how things work in the “Sin City”―casinos, shows, vibrant nightlife―even without ever having been there. For this reason, instead of repeating what everybody already knows, I’ll talk about some curiosities that you probably didn’t know about the “entertainment capital of the world.”


1.The name Las Vegas means “The Meadows” in English.


“Las Vegas Market Viewed from the Stratosphere” by Moto@Club4AG is licensed under CC BY 2.0

However, in the USA, few people refer to the city as Las Vegas. Most people just say Vegas (“Let’s go to Vegas!”).


2. The average amount allocated to gambling per visit per person is 560 dollars.


“Roulette Wheel” by Håkan Dahlström is licensed under CC BY 2.0

This is just an average, guys. I’ve seen people gambling thousands of dollars at poker, blackjack and roulette tables.


3. Viewed from space, Las Vegas is the brightest spot on Earth.

The Strip is really bright indeed. But I confess that I thought it was even brighter before I went there for the first time. I was actually surprised by this fact because I always thought that Times Square in NYC was even brighter than the Strip.


4. 17 of the world’s 20 largest hotels are located in Vegas.


Yes, the hotels in Las Vegas are humongous. Another curiosity is that the casinos inside the hotels don’t have clocks or windows so that visitors lose track of time and keep on gambling.


5. The law in the state of Nevada states that if someone shoots his or her neighbor’s barking dog―while the dog is in the neighbor’s property―that person can be hanged for that.


That’s bizarre, right? Don’t ever lose your temper because of a dog’s bark in Vegas! LOL


6. Most of the Las Vegas Strip is not part of the city of Las Vegas.


If you ever updated your status on Facebook (or checked-in) while in Vegas, you may have noticed that instead of saying that you’re in Las Vegas, Nevada, it says that you’re in Paradise, Nevada. I always thought that that was weird. I first believed that Paradise was just another one of the city’s nicknames. But a while ago, I found out that most of the Strip is not actually within the limits of the city of Las Vegas, but in the towns of Paradise and Winchester.


7. Las Vegas is home to the largest community of Hawaiians outside of Hawaii.


“Hawaiian Airlines” by InSapphoWeTrust is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

I remember that when I was in Hawaii for the first time back in 2007, the tour guides kept saying that Hawaiians love to vacation in Las Vegas because the city’s lifestyle is almost the opposite of that of Hawaii. Well, it seems that many Hawaiians never go back home after a vacation in Vegas! LOL

p.s. I’ve also noticed that several ABC stores (Hawaii’s most famous convenience and souvenir store) were opened in Las Vegas recently.


8. The largest slot-machine jackpot ever paid was approximately 40 million dollars.


That happened on March 21st of this year. The lucky guy was a 25-old engineer from Los Angeles. He had played around $100 before hitting the jackpot on a slot machine at the Excalibur hotel. Lucky bastard!


9. Despite of the fact that prostitute calling cards are constantly being distributed in the Strip, prostitution is actually illegal in Las Vegas.


“Nenas Calientes” by Daquella manera is licensed under CC BY 2.0

That doesn’t mean that it doesn’t happen. The sex industry thrives in Vegas.


10. There have been 14 implosions in Vegas since 1993.

The city’s landscape is in constant transformation; old hotels are replaced by modern ones, small business areas become upscale shopping mall. There were 14 implosions since 1993 and there are plans for more in the next years.

The video below shows the impressive implosion of the New Frontier hotel in 2007. The creator of the video captured very well the bittersweet sensation associated with such implosions. The excitement of change and modernization and the sadness of the destruction of such a classic hotel—where Elvis performed for the first time in Las Vegas in 1956—are blended together. In Vegas, even hotel implosions are turned into spectacular shows! Check it out:

Have you ever been to Vegas? Tell me about it in the comments section below!

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Read this in Portuguese: 10 Coisas Que Você Não Sabia Sobre Las Vegas


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4 responses to “10 Things You Didn’t Know About Las Vegas

  1. I spent some time working out of Las Vegas. I could live there (without ever going down to the strip). I like the town. Lots of good people there as well as the reprobates. Still a hint of the Old West in Nevada. I liked the post. Don’t see how “Las Vegas” translates into “The Meadows” Couldn’t find it. However, I’m certain your knowledge of Spanish is far deeper than mine. I really enjoy your posts. Please, keep them coming!

  2. as an American, i’ve never been to Vegas and I really have no desire to do so. But this post made me chuckle! If I ever do go, I guess I’ll just have to be prepared to spend a ton of money, huh?

    • You should go at least once! It’s such a unique and fun place! :)
      Actually, you don’t have to spend a lot of money there if you don’t want to. Hotel prices are really low during low season. You just need to restrain yourself from the gambling temptations! ;) But, you should definitely save some money for the shows! Most of them are really good! :)

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