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12 Things You Didn't Know About Las Vegas

Gambling, bachelor/bachelorette parties, impromptu weddings - Vegas is more than that. Now Virgin America can get you there directly from LA.

1. The first hotel-casino to open in Vegas was the Golden Gate Hotel and Casino.

2. 87% of people who visit Vegas end up gambling at some point.

3. The Flamingo, one of the oldest Vegas institutions (opened 1946) was named after the long legs of the owner's showgirl girlfriend.

4. In 1970, 6.7 million people visited Vegas. In 2011, 38.9 million people visited Vegas.

5. Visitors stay an average of 3.3 nights.

6. Over 60,000 pounds of shrimp are consumed daily in Vegas.

7. Las Vegas means "the meadows" in Spanish. It was named for the fresh drinking water, like an oasis in the desert.

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

9. Certain hotel/casinos skip the number four in all of their floors, because the number four is an unlucky number in Chinese culture.

10. The fountains and man-made lakes and waterfalls on the strip use something called "grey water."

11. There are about 315 Vegas weddings every day.

12. The famous millionaire Howard Hughes (Leonardo DiCaprio played him in The Aviator) stayed so long at the Desert Inn that he was asked to leave.

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