In Las Vegas during the 1950s, casinos offered “Atomic Tourism” in which guests could watch atomic bombs be tested in the desert as a form of entertainment.
In Las Vegas there were atomic bomb parties chamber of commerce advertised detonation times and the best spots for watching. Casinos offered special “atomic cocktails” and “Dawn Bomb Parties,” Women dressed as mushroom clouds for the “Miss Atomic Energy” crown at the Sands.
Michael Jordan once tipped a waitress a $5 chip for bringing him a drink. Wayne Gretzky stopped the waitress, removed the $5 chip, grabbed one of the many $100 chips on Jordan’s side of the table, and gave it to her. Then he said, “That’s how we tip in Las Vegas, Michael.”
While planning his comeback in Las Vegas in 2007, Michael Jackson wanted to build a 50 foot tall robot replica of himself that would roam the desert under the flight paths of incoming planes, shooting lasers out of its eyes in order to get the attention of the tourists flying into the city.
During the 1950s, the U.S. military tested nuclear weapons so close to Las Vegas, that you could clearly see the mushroom clouds from downtown Hotels. This became a temporary tourist attraction.
Around 1,000 homeless people live in flood tunnels under Las Vegas.
In the 50’s one of the major attractions at Las Vegas was watching atomic bomb tests nearby. For a time Vegas was marketed as ‘Atomic City.’
According to NASA, Las Vegas is the brightest city on Earth.