9 Hard-To-Believe Facts About Las Vegas

Posted Apr 14, by Greg Porter

There is a "heavy equipment playground" in Las Vegas where you can drive bulldozers for FUN!

So, if you’ve outgrown the sandbox but not your inner-child, then this is the place for you! “Dig It” is for everyone aged 14 to 114 who’s willing to spend at least 90 minutes scooping up massive piles of dirt and other doing other bulldozer/excavator involving activities. 

It’s a 7 step experience: 

  1. You choose either a bulldozer or excavator: With a bulldozer, you can build huge mounds and push gigantic tires. With an excavator, you can dig trenches and stack 2000 pound tires. Oh, dilemma, dilemma. 
  2. You undergo the breathalyzer and a safety orientation: Always a good thing to do before you get into a massive, dirt-destroying machine.
  3. You undergo an in-cab orientation: An instructor shows you the working of each little button and leaver so that you can move your machine with grace and poise. 
  4. You do a warm-up exercise: You move your large mechanical friend around the yard, under the watchful eyes of the crew.
  5. You do some guided activities: And now you get to the real stuff. Guided by the staff, you can play a game of “Excavator Basketball” or build and ride your own “Bulldozer Teeter-Totter.”
  6. FREE TIME! It’s like recess; you have ultimate freedom to do whatever the Dig-It rule book and the state law doesn’t prohibit. 
  7. You accept your award. Graciously claim your official Certificate of Completion. This is probably the only place where you get an award for having fun. And there you have it!

So on your next trip to Vegas, instead of blowing all of your life savings or drowning your miseries in alcohol, you can satisfy that little part of you that’s always dreamt of being a construction worker. Dig up more some info from the source

There are people live under Las Vegas in an underground network of tunnels.

The tunnels where designed as a city pluvial system. People have found shelter in the tunnels, and they have even gotten used to live in literally pitch black spaces. 

There are approximately 1,000 people living there and they are mainly people that have lost everything because of gambling, or homeless people. Some of them have even found their other halves and live down in the tunnels. 

Some of them have day jobs, decorate their place with priced possessions and try to live a normal life. One of the entrances to the tunnels is literally a few feet away from the world famous strip. 

They admit that there are a few things that they have problems with, such as water, bugs and outsiders. It is really dangerous to live there because if there is more than 3 consecutive days of rain, the tunnels fill with water, whipping anything that is in the tunnels. 

Matthew O’Brien has dedicated a lot of his life to expose the world to the reality of the situation. He has called the attention of the media, and has helped social workers around the tunnels so that they can be reached and make sure they are doing well. 

Would you ever like to try this? How unique would it be to live with your family in a tunnel under Las Vegas? If you want to learn more, here is a video showing how people live below the strip. 

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The Harmon Hotel in Las Vegas will need to be demolished before a single guest checks in!

The Harmon Hotel is part of an 8.2 billion dollar hotel project in Las Vegas. In the last couple of years, Las Vegas has been working on CityCenter, a 76 acre project right on The Strip. It sits adjacent to Monte Carlo and Bellagio hotels and will encompass condos, shopping centers, hotels, and a casino.

It’s the largest privately funded construction project in the history of the U.S. The Harmon Hotel was supposed to hold 400 rooms, 207 condos, salons, restaurants, and more. It was to define a new era of sustainable luxury, but its contractors are being accused of falsifying 62 reports and incorrectly installing reinforcement bars on 15 of the floors. Now, the hotel will be demolished in 2012 before ever opening its doors.

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The Las Vegas Strip is the brightest place on Earth when looked at from space.

Photographs of Earth taken from the International Space Station reveal that the world's major cities are, not surprisingly, the brightest spots on Earth. The biggest offender by far, though, is Las Vegas. However, what truly is surprising is that these lights that can be seen from space are only the light that is traveling from the Earth up to the sky. This is light that is actually pointed upward that no one on Earth can actually see, and is therefore wasted energy.

The International Dark-Sky Association refers to this phenomenon as "light pollution". Not only does too much light emanating from our major cities make it difficult or impossible to view the night sky from Earth, but the wasted light that inefficiently travels up into space also contributes to real pollution. They estimate that, in the U.S. alone, several billion dollars in energy costs are wasted and an additional 38 million tons of CO2 get generated every year to produce lights that we can't even see.
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There are no clocks in Las Vegas gaming casinos.

There are no clocks in Las Vegas gambling casinos. It increases the sense of freedom, a disconnect from reality and thus, increases the dollars spent gambling.

Some other tricks casinos use:
1) There are no windows, so people don't know if it's day or night outside.
2) They design casinos to be like mazes so you can't find your way out.
3) They give free alcohol to the gamblers so they continue to gamble.

In 1980, a hospital had to suspend workers who were butting on when their patients would die! One of the nurses was even accused of murdering a patient so she'd win.

18 of the top 25 largest hotels in the world are located in Las Vegas.

Actually 21 of the top 28 are also in Las Vegas! Fifteen of the top 20 are located within the same two-mile radius! Still, the largest hotel is not in Las Vegas. The First World Hotel is the largest, and it is in Malaysia. See the full list here.

Sadly, the \"Death Star Hotel\" in Azerbaijan doesn\'t make the list.

A man suffered a heart attack while eating at the "Heart Attack Grill"

It was only a matter of time until the restaurant that serves meals that can easily exceed 8000 calories would go through something like this. The Las Vegas restaurant caused a commotion when a 40-year old man started experiencing chest pains last Saturday night. 

The man was "having the sweats and shaking," according to one of the servers. He was suffering a heart attack and had to be taken by EMTs to the hospital. The restaurant is not known for promoting a healthy lifestyle. Items in their menu have names like "Triple Bypass burger" (which is what this man was eating when he had a heart attack), "Flatliner Fries" and "Butterfat Burger." Servers are called "Nurses," customers, "Patients" and the owner is a "Doctor."

The restaurant glorifies bad health. People who weigh over 350 pounds eat there for free. The "Quadruple Bypass burger" meal surpasses 8,000 calories, which is 4 times the average recommended daily dosage. No word on whether the restaurant will tone down on their "humor" or if they'll use this incident as a promotion point. We wish the man the best in his recovery.

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There is approximately one slot machine for every 2½ residents of Las Vegas.

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