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A Janet Airlines Boeing 737 ferries employees to and from McCarran Airport and the infamous Area 51 government research location.
A Janet Airlines Boeing 737 ferries employees to and from McCarran Airport and the infamous Area 51 government research location.Courtesy Eddie Maloney via Wiki Commons Attribution - Share Alike license

In a previous LVE article, we presented a list of fun facts about Las Vegas for Vegas trivia and history buffs. This current article outlines some more Vegas tidbits, some of which are not well-known. The addition of this info coupled with the original article can help arm Vegasphiles with a mini-arsenal of mostly useless ( but hopefully fun) Las Vegas info.

  • More than 10,000 couples are married per month according to Clark County records.
  • There are at least 4 times as many churches (over 500) as there are casinos (131) in Las Vegas.
  • Vegas has 150,000+ hotel rooms ; it would require more than 400 years for one person to spend one night in each currently available room (which has little to do with the price of turnips).
  • The Aria resort was described as 'the most technologically advanced hotel ever built' after completion (2009). During construction of the 61-floor structure, workers added one new floor to the building every week.
  • The Rio Hotel and Casino has a wine cellar with more than 50,000 bottles of vino.
  • The Bellagio Hotel on the Strip has garnered the prestigious AAA Five Diamond Award 13 times. Can you say 'routinely foofy' ?
  • Not to be outdone by their hotel, the Bellagio Buffet serves 1400 pounds of Alaskan King Crab, 2000 pounds of shrimp, and more than 400 pies daily.
  • Prostitution is illegal in Las Vegas...but that doesn't represent reality or curb such activity.
  • The Dunes Hotel (imploded in 1993) was the first property to feature topless showgirls in 1957.
  • In 1971, the Silver Slipper ( imploded in 1988) became the original casino to employ female card dealers.
  • Less than 20% of Vegas visitors claim they visit to gamble ; the reality is nearly 75% actually spend some time gambling while in town.
  • The latest available visitor stats (2013 data) indicate 79% are married, 67% are employed, 51% have a college degree, and that 20% of all visitors were from a foreign country (does not include visitors from Oklahoma). The average age of Vegas tourists is 45.8 years.
  • There is an underground tunnel system (intended for flood control measures) running under the Vegas Strip casinos that is inhabited by thousands of homeless people.
  • Nevada is officially known as the Silver State, but is also referred to as the Sagebrush State and/or the Battle-Born State.
  • In 1910, a law made it illegal to gamble in what is now and always has been the gambling capital of the world. Gambling was legalized by the Nevada legislature on March 19, 1931.
  • In 1941, the El Rancho Vegas was the first resort (hotel & casino) to open on the Las Vegas Strip (on the land across the street from the old Sahara / new SLS location).
  • In 1931, the Pair-O-Dice club was the first casino to open on the Strip.
  • In 1966, Howard Hughes began his infamous years-long stay at the Desert Inn. When asked to leave in 1968, Hughes bought the place.
  • Wayne Newton celebrated his 25,000th performance in Vegas in 1996.
  • Though Nevada is a desert state, it is illegal to ride a camel on any highway. Camel enthusiasts just can't get a break.
  • The old Imperial Palace (now the Quad) offered the first off-airport airline baggage check-in service in the US.
  • Construction worker 'hard hats' were first specifically invented for workers on the Hoover Dam in 1933.
  • Fed-Ex CEO Fred Smith saved his company by turning the company's last remaining $5000 into $32,000 by gambling at Las Vegas blackjack tables. The added funds allowed the company to stay in business long enough to develop an $11 million fund-raising project that kept FedEx in operation.
  • In 1992, Archie Karas visited Vegas and turned $50 into $40 million via gambling. Unfortunately, he promptly gambled it all away shortly thereafter.
  • In 2004, British gambler Ashley Revell sold all of his possessions including his wardrobe and gambled $135,300 on red during a single spin of a roulette wheel. He doubled his money, winning $270,600.
  • When Sammy Davis Jr. swam in the pool at the New Frontier resort in 1952, the management drained the pool afterwards because it was a whites-only swimming pool.
  • A small fleet of passenger aircraft ferry military and contractor employees from McCarran Airport to the infamous and not-so-secret-anymore Area 51 location. The white passenger planes (see header photo) have their own terminal at McCarran and operate as Janet Airlines.

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Info sources = LVCVA , Honey Borla.com , Kickass Facts.com, and Buzzle.com