Las Vegas: 15 Things You Didn’t Know (Part 1)

Las Vegas is, without a doubt, one of the most fun, most vibrant spots on Earth, which makes it difficult for us to choose just 15 fun facts about the city. We hope you enjoy learning a little more about Las Vegas and stay tuned for part two, coming soon!

Number Fifteen: The Flamingo Was Named After His Owner’s Girlfriend

Las Vegas’ iconic Flamingo hotel and casino was co-founded by businessman-turned-gangster Bugsy Siegel, 69 years ago. Following the purchase of a two-third stake in the project, he decided to name the resort “Flamingo” after his long-legged showgirl girlfriend.

Number Fourteen: Over 1,000 People Live Under Las Vegas

There’s a vast labyrinth of tunnels beneath the blinding lights of Las Vegas, originally built to prevent the city from flooding after heavy rainstorms. Around 1,000 people have made these tunnels their home. Some of them live among junk, but many others actually furnished and embellished their underground apartments to look just like a regular residence.

Number Thirteen: It Has One the Largest Mechanical Neon Signs in the World

Of course, such an impressive mechanical neon sign had to be in Las Vegas. Commonly known as Vegas Vic, it’s a 40 ft (12 m) cowboy sign located outside the Pioneer Club in Downtown Las Vegas. The club no longer exists, but Vegas Vic still remains one of the city’s main tourist attractions and one of the most photographed spots in Nevada.

Number Twelve: It Would Take 200 Years to Sleep in Every Hotel Room Here

Although not officially confirmed, it is believed that it would take around 288 years for a single person to spend a night in every hotel room in Las Vegas, so we’d suggest you start saving up! The Venetian and The Pallazo hotels make up the second largest resort in the world, with a total of 7,117 rooms!

Number Eleven: Howard Hughes Was Kicked Out of a Hotel Here

The infamous aviator, entrepreneur and overall eccentric individual Howard Hughes (popularized by Leonardo DiCaprio on The Aviator) spent some of his last years moving from hotel to hotel in Las Vegas. On 1966, he rented the top two floors of the famous Desert Inn, only to be kindly asked to leave 10 days later. Instead of moving out, Hughes purchased the hotel for $13.2 million, half of which he paid in cash!

Number Ten: Its Biggest Jackpot Was Worth $39 million

A lucky 25 -year-old software engineer from California won that improbable amount of money after putting in $100 in a slot machine at the Excalibur, in 2003. He still holds the record for the highest-paying Vegas win in recorded history.

Number Nine: You Can Pay to Drive Bulldozers

There’s a sort of extreme sandbox in the area where visitors can drive bulldozers and excavators for fun. All equipment is air conditioned and proper safety procedures are taught before each session begins.

Number Eight: You Can Stay in a Room With a Bowling Suite Inside

If you stay at the Palms Casino Resort, consider booking a Kingpin Suite—apart from all the amenities a regular suite has to offer, it includes two bowling lanes with an automatic scoring system. It can’t get any more fun and excessive. Stay tuned for part two, coming soon!