If you enjoyed part one of our list of 15 things you didn’t know about Las Vegas, check out part two below, with even more shocking trivia about the city!
Number Seven: The Bellagio Hotel Has More Rooms than Bellagio Has Residents
The Bellagio hotel, which borrows its name from Lombardy’s little municipality, has 3,950 rooms—130 more than the total number of people living in the Italian city. The resort, one of the most luxurious in Las Vegas, was inspired by Bellagio City and Lake Como, and it employs around 8,000 people—twice as much as the people living in the town of Bellagio!
Number Six: Las Vegas Is a Spanish Name With an Ironic Meaning
“Las Vegas” is Spanish for “the meadows”—fertile plains easily flooded during rainstorms. A Spanish-Mexican trader traveling along the Spanish Trail came across this unusual fertile land (now almost completely gone) in the Mojave Desert, which ending up keeping its Spanish denomination.
Number Five: It’s Home to One of the World’s Strongest Light Beams
The Luxor Sky Beam, part of the Luxor hotel and resort complex, consists of 39 7,000-watt xenon lamps aimed into one narrow beam; one the most intense in the world. Apparently, it can be seen from an aircraft flying over Los Angeles at cruising altitude on a clear night. Contrary to popular belief, however, it cannot be seen from space.
Number Four: It Performs 120,000 Marriage Ceremonies a Year
Las Vegas hosts around 10,000 marriage ceremonies each month and around 300 a day; a rather disproportionate amount for the relatively small number of citizens the city counts with (less than 600,000). In Las Vegas, you can even get married inside a Denny’s restaurant!
Number Three: It Has 197,144 Slot Machines
That’s around a slot machine per three citizens. These machines have been updated over the years and, in most cases, it’s no longer necessary to use coins to gamble. Most machines accept cash, vouchers, VIP cards and even mobile credit.
Number Two: There Are Free Meals for Overweight People
If you are over 350 pounds and you happen to be around Las Vegas, stop by The Heart Attack Grill, in Fremon Street. They have a free meal prepared for you! Their high-calorie diet includes a Double Bypass Burger, Flatliner Fries, Full Sugar Coke, Butterfat Shake and no-filter cigarettes; sounds like diabetes! Their legendary Quadruple Bypass Burger has no less tan 9,983 calories.
Number One: You Can Visit a Neon Graveyard
It’s called “The Neon Museum”, but it resembles a neon burial ground. The museum includes an exterior exhibit (“The Neon Boneyard”) with hundreds of authentic, vintage neon signs, only available for guided visits. Dramatically illuminated at night, it’s guaranteed to leave you speechless!