History of Las Vegas: Top 10 urban legends about Las Vegas

Las VegasSometimes we would like to live in hotels. Yes, there is life beyond the Strip. Many life. Like many other “normal” cities, Vegas has schools, government buildings, parks, supermarkets (but with slot machines), community centers and all those things that make a city work. In addition, there are many urban legends.

1. The dead bodies of the Hoover Dam:
There is a generally accepted belief that during the construction of Hoover Dam, between 1931 and 1936, seven bodies were buried in the concrete structure of 4,400,000 cubic feet. Although it is official that 96 workers died during construction of the dam dangerous, none were buried in concrete. The reality is that the process of filling the gaps between the stones with concrete was made out in small portions (about 1,000 cubic yards per load) and each of them had to be dry before continuing with the process. If someone had fallen into the holes during the process, the person could easily have been rescued by his companions.

2. The black market for kidneys:
In 1996, rumors began circulating that a man who had taken some drinks in a bar in Las Vegas with a very attractive stranger, he fainted and woke up in a hotel bathtub, covered with ice . On one side of the bath had a phone with a note that read, “Call 911 or you’ll die.” According to the story, the “victim ” rushed to the hospital. There, the doctors told him he had received an operation in which one of his kidneys was removed, apparently by a gang selling human organs on the black market. The story began to run in 1991 and has been reported “that this has happened in several cities, including New York, New Orleans, Houston and, of course, Las Vegas. To dispel rumors, the National Kidney Foundation convened a person alleging that his kidneys had been removed illegally to be made known publicly. To date, nobody has done.

3. Aliens in Area 51:
The ‘top-secret’ facilities of the Air Force located 110 miles northeast of Las Vegas has always been, well, secret. It was not until 1990 that the U.S. government finally agreed that the base existed. Contrary to what believers say they have seen, as UFOs, little green men, gray creatures with almond eyes and other incredible things, the Pentagon confirmed that there are no aliens in Area 51. However, this should not discourage you to take a drive along Highway Extraterrestrial (Highway 375) just in case the government is telling a pack of lies, I do believe and you?. If you choose to check it out, car rental in Las Vegas would be your best choice.

4. Hunting for Bambi:
“Hunting Bambi” was a lie and the company was never going out for “hunting trips” in which customers with money would hunt naked women with paint-ball guns. “It was a staging,”the mayor of Las Vegas, Oscar Goodman told the Associated Press. “The supposed ‘Hunting Bambi’ was a hoax. [The participants] were actors and actresses, and fired balls with ink.”

5. Prostitution is legal in Vegas:
Do not listen to your buddies, your brother’s cousin, the members of your college fraternity or anyone else tell you otherwise. Prostitution is not legal in Vegas (which is part of Clark County.) However, prostitution is legal in Pahrump, Nev.., (part of the neighboring county, Nye, located 45 minutes). Different counties, different laws.

6. One dead in a hotel:
Surely you know the story: A couple on vacation in Las Vegas complain to the management of his hotel because his room stinks horribly. Following the complaint, the room is cleaned using strong chemical cleaners. The couple also bothered by the smell, but yet they go to sleep. The next morning, the couple is awakened by the same odor that had complained the previous day. Angry, the customer called the general manager, and demanded the change of room but not before removing the mattress from the bed, since it seems that the smell comes from there. The customer discovered that a corpse has been concealed in the base of the bed. The problem with this story is that never happened in Las Vegas. The legend began because of some newspapers that reported on current cases in motel rooms in Virginia and Maryland. For some reason, the public is more likely to believe that this happened in Las Vegas rather than in small cities where it really happened. It may be that what happens in Vegas, stay in Vegas, but remember: not everything that happens in Vegas really counts. And with this, we turn to our next myth of Vegas.

7. ‘What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas’:
This beautiful slogan (and the common phrase in which it is based: What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas) was created by our friends in the Convention and Visitors Bureau in Las Vegas (Las Vegas Convention and Vistors Autority) has become part of popular culture, everyday speech, almost all TV shows about Vegas and, last but not least, many strip clubs ads. This short, but very effective and memorable slogan has become a bit of myth for its own account. The reality is that not true that everything that happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. This does not mean that you will regret everything you do here, but it does mean that if you marry in our beautiful city, your marriage is legal in the world (with a bit of paperwork for foreigners.) So I do not think that marriage happens here is make-believe, but the stars think so. Also, if they fine you for driving under the influence during your stay in Vegas, then it will come out of Vegas, and both the fine and the police record chase you wherever you go, but prefer that it is not. And if you’re a star and you’re reading these lines, we guarantee that any silly thing you do during your stay SURELY be reported everywhere.

8. Is it Roy or not Roy?:
For years, journalists have been requesting the former medical examiner for Clark County, Ron Flud, to verify that Roy Horn, one of the magicians of the famous duo Siegfried & Roy, died several years ago Europe and was replaced by an impostor, his cousin. Story was confirmed to be false long ago, but rumors persist. Flud recommends that those who want to know the truth get in touch with a medical examiner in Europe that has jurisdiction over the alleged case. Flud also says there is no way of knowing unless the death occurred in Clark County and the case has been assigned to a medical examiner to perform an autopsy.

9. Vegas residents live in hotels and work right there:
The truth is we do not know anyone who has the privilege of living in a hotel-casino, well, with the exception of the famous former resident of Las Vegas, Howard Hughes. And while some of the people living here in the valley work in the casinos, there are thousands of jobs in other sectors, including banking, healthcare, manufacturing, etc. Moreover, we know hundreds of people working in other areas: journalism, media and technology. Oh, and not all girls look like strippers. We do not have scientific data to prove it, but if you want, come to Las Vegas and see by yourself.

10. The Curse of Megabucks:
In March 2000, the waitress Cynthia Jay-Brennan, who had won a jackpot of $ 34.9 million in the Desert Inn, suffered serious injuries in a tragic automobile accident that left her quadriplegic. Because of this incident began to circulate the rumor of the “Megabucks Curse” and many people believe that all the people who win the grand-prize Megabucks is tragically killed shortly after winning their grand prize. For example, in March 2003, the largest prize won on a slot machine in history was won in Vegas when a 25-year-old, who prefers to remain anonymous, won 39.7 million dollars Megabucks at the Excalibur hotel in Las Vegas. Within days, rumors that several horrible things happened to that person began to circulate. According to rumors, he had died of a drug overdose, was killed in a plane crash or was killed in a gang fight in Los Angeles. None of this is true. Other false tales of the curse of Megabucks include a old man winner who had a heart attack and died while still standing by the machine after winning. However, Heundl Johanna, who was 74 when he won the grand prize, had no medical problem after the very pleasant surprise and told the media he planned to use the money to make a trip to his native Austria.

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