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Lip Smacking Foodie Tours Will Whet Your Appetite for Las Vegas Restaurants

When you’re a Las Vegas blog, one of the most common questions you hear is “Which restaurants should I visit?” Another common question is, “What makes you think you can do a blog when you write as though you’ve experienced a traumatic brain injury?”

Focusing on that first question for a moment, Las Vegas has so many great dining options, it can be overwhelming. That’s where Lip Smacking Foodie Tours comes in.

Therapy restaurant

Therapy restaurant’s soft truffled goat cheese and almond stuffed date wrapped in bacon served on Romesco sauce. Say that five times fast.

Interest in foodie tours has skyrocketed in recent years, mainly people are lazy and indecisive. Foodie tours take the guesswork out of deciding what’s for dinner.

In the case of Lip Smacking Foodie Tours, recently named the “Best Las Vegas Tour” in the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s “Best of Las Vegas” honors, guests choose between exploring restaurants on The Strip or downtown. We chose downtown, mainly because we work there. (You thought we were kidding about the “lazy” thing?)

In the downtown and Strip tours, guests gather at an appointed place and time. In our case, the tour began at Carson Kitchen. We didn’t eat there, but it’s sometimes included in the tour.

Lip Smacking Foodie Tours

Let the appetition begin. Which, we should say, we’re only 40% confident is an actual word.

Right off the bat, you start to bond with your fellow tour mates. Foodie tours are a great way to meet new people, especially because there’s also alcohol involved.

The downtown version of Lip Smacking Foodie Tours includes visits to three restaurants and a bar, plus a guided tour around downtown, including the Downtown Container Park and other points of interest, some of them super top secret.

Lip Smacking Foodie Tours

We’ve walked by this wall a hundred times, but until our tour we didn’t know you could peek between the stickers into the super private Laundry Room at Commonwealth, a popular downtown bar.

Our first stop was Therapy restaurant, one of our favorite downtown Las Vegas eateries. And drinkeries, come to think of it.

The restaurants on the tour set aside special seating, and the food comes out very quickly, since everyone has the same dishes.

Lip Smacking Foodie Tours

It’s Therapy, in more ways than one.

The restaurants serve a selection of their signature dishes, which means guests get more variety, and the restaurants get to show off.

Lip Smacking Foodie Tours

Foodie tours are perfect for people with commitment issues. Try everything!

One cannot live by signature dishes alone, so this was the panty-dropper cocktail we had at Therapy. We’d tell you the name, but it was a very, very good cocktail.

Lip Smacking Foodie Tour

This is The Smash, with Four Roses bourbon, blackberries, fresh limes and mint. Translation: Get in our belly.

Our next restaurant was Itsy Bitsy Ramen & Whiskey, in the Ogden luxury apartment building. The day after our group visited, the restaurant closed its kitchen. They were like, “That meal was so good, we can never match it, so we’re dropping the mic and we’re out.” Or something along those lines.

Lip Smacking Foodie Tours

We probably shouldn’t bore you with photos of Itsy Bitsy Ramen & Whiskey food which no longer exists. Moving on.

Lip Smacking Foodie Tours changes up its roster of partner restaurants, so it’s not a big deal to lose one.

Next up, we hit the Wayfarer bar at Inspire, for a cocktail. That cocktail is included in the tour price ($125 downtown, $199 Strip), but there’s a cocktail package add-on for $40 ($60 Strip) where you get a cocktail at each restaurant. Oh, just do it, you big baby.

Part of the Inspire visit involved special access to a “secret,” members only bar, 365 Tokyo.

Lip Smacking Foodie Tours

According to the owner of 365 Tokyo, it doesn’t exist. Let’s pretend this photo never happened.

A bartender showed us how to chip a block of ice into a ball, as well as showing us his herbs. The other kind of herbs. What is wrong with you?

Lip Smacking Foodie Tours

Sharp object, dark room. What could possibly go wrong?

If you’d like to know where the bar is that doesn’t exist, just look for the mirrored part of Inspire’s exterior.

Inspire Las Vegas

It’s the protruding part, upper left. Now you know.

Our last restaurant stop was Glutton restaurant.

The food was great, and when you’re on a Lip Smacking Foodie Tour, you get the full VIP treatment from the restaurants. No waiting. Expert information about the restaurant and food, and just an all-around great time with 15 of your new best friends.

Lip Smacking Foodie Tours Glutton

Just power through, gang. It’s Glutton!

The food was fast and fresh at Glutton, another downtown restaurant success story we completely forgot to take notes about.

Lip Smacking Foodie Tours

We have a vague memory this cocktail at Glutton is called ‘Merica. Just order the cocktail with the coconut. They’ll figure it out.

All the dishes at Glutton were shared, and you’ll feel relieved that’s the case, unless you’re wearing pants with an expandable waistband.

Everything was delicious, from the ahi tuna tacos to the Spicy Coppa Flatbread, from the wood charred broccoli to the pickled tomatoes. Yes, we just said the broccoli was good. By this time, the cocktail package was doing all the heavy lifting.

Lip Smacking Foodie Tours

Flatbread is like pizza, but after it’s been to the gym.

Glutton did a masterful job of topping off the evening’s festivities with dessert, apple cobbler and caramel corn profiteroles, whatever those might be.

Lip Smacking Foodie Tours

It’s a cream puff, choux à la crème if you’re a blog trying to pretend you know something about food.

We chatted with Donald Contursi, President of Lip Smacking Foodie Tours, for our podcast, so it’s worth a listen.

Contursi is not only a very likable tour guide, we were impressed with his vast knowledge of not just the restaurants and bars on the tour, but Las Vegas and downtown in general. And we don’t tend to be impressed by things that haven’t been enhanced with saline or silicone.

Lip Smacking Foodie Tours take between two and three hours, but the time flies by.

Lip Smacking Foodie Tours

The tour pops in at the Downtown Container Park. There tend to be children, so they don’t stay long.

The company offers other packages, including one with five restaurant visits and a helicopter flight ($299).

Lip Smacking Foodie Tours are a great way to sample some of the best food in Las Vegas, while meeting new people and learning about the city from those in the know. Gratuities are included in the cost of the tour, so you can enjoy your night out without having do to any math whatsoever.

Thanks to Lip Smacking Foodie Tours for hosting our tour, and you can find out more at the company’s official site.

If you give it a try, let us know what you think. Oh, and you should probably avoid eating during the 48 hours prior your tour. You’re going to need the room.

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25 Utterly Offbeat Las Vegas Photo Ops

Just about everyone’s taken photos of the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign and the Bellagio fountains, but we like our photo ops a little more twisted.

We’ve pulled together 25 obscure, quirky and downright bizarre photo ops in Las Vegas, so wipe the schmutz off your lens as we expose the offbeat side of Sin City.

1. Park People at The Park

They’re the newest eye candy at The Park, the restaurant row between Monte Carlo and New York-New York. “Park People” are nine colorful, life-size Lego sculptures by artist Nathan Sawaya. During a recent visit, it seemed everyone was sitting next to these eye-catching figures for a selfie.

Park People Las Vegas

Dude, it’s called sunscreen.

2. Bliss Dance

Oh, we’re not done at The Park yet, bub. Yes, we said bub. Somebody had to. We broke the story Bliss Dance was coming to Las Vegas, so she holds a special place in our heart. She’s also naked, so there’s that. Bliss Dance, a 40-foot public art piece by Marco Cochrane that originally appeared at Burning Man, is based upon an actual woman who would never date us in a bajillion years.

Bliss Dance

Similar to many professional dancers in Las Vegas, Bliss Dance took about 10,000 hours to construct.

 3. Typewriter Eraser at Aria

It’s an eye-catching piece of art, and its name is Typewriter Eraser, Scale X. Aria and City Center are bursting with art, and Aria even offers a brochure to help find it all.

City Center typewriter eraser

We like it for its dizzying scale and its ability to confound millennials. Because typewriters. And erasers. And brochures.

4. Berlin Wall at Main Street Station

There’s no way this chunk of the Berlin Wall isn’t making our list of offbeat Las Vegas photo ops. Not so much because it’s the Berlin Wall, but because it’s in the men’s restroom. Women can get their pic, too, just ask security to escort you in.

Berlin Wall Main Street Station

When erected, the Berlin Wall was 27.5 miles long. We can all see where this photo caption is going.

5. St. Valentine’s Day Massacre Wall at The Mob Museum

Speaking of unique walls, how about this macabre offering at downtown’s must-visit Mob Museum? It’s a strange and fascinating artifact from the 1929 whackings of seven mobsters, presumably by members of Al Capone’s posse. Why anyone would associate the mob with Las Vegas is anybody’s guess.

Mob Museum St. Valentine's Day massacre

The Mob Museum Web site has a fun nickname generator. Try it later, you’re in the middle of a listicle.

6. John Gotti’s Sportscar

While we’re downtown, we should probably hit the Plaza. And speaking of “hits,” be sure to snap a photo of the Teflon Don’s car in the Plaza’s casino. No, really, in the middle of the casino. The car is on loan from the aforementioned Mob Museum.

John Gotti

The 1972 Jaguar XKE convertible was supposed to be on display until mid-2015. Think they’re giving it back? Fahgettaboudit.

7. The Pink Motel

Fun City is a motel in a fairly crappy part of Las Vegas, but it’s worth the risk to life and limb, mainly because the motel’s pink. Fun fact about Fun City: In “Vegas Vacation,” the Griswalds got remarried at the adjoining Chapel of the Bells.

Pink Motel Las Vegas

Many Las Vegas strippers fly in for weekends and stay at Fun City. Which might explain why the Stratosphere looks like that. Just saying.

8. Diamond Inn Motel’s Pink Elephant

You can never have too many seedy motels or too many pink things. This roadside curiosity recently got some repairs, so it’s ready for its close-up. The pink elephant can be found along Las Vegas Boulevard, near Mandalay Bay and the welcome to Las Vegas sign.

Pink elephant Las Vegas

The pink elephant was imported from Disneyland in the 1950s. It used to trumpet loudly, but the County forced the owners to remove the sound device. Thank you, County.

9. Elephants at Rainforest Cafe

If you’re a fan of pachyderms, you’ll be thrilled to know there are more elephant photo ops in Las Vegas, and these babies still have their trumpeters intact. These large elephants can be found at the new location of Rainforest Cafe, Harmon Corner, at the juncture of Las Vegas Boulevard and Harmon Avenue. They’re a little cheesy, but the lifelike movements will win you over.

Rainforest Cafe elephants

Embrace the cheese. Although we were expelled from school for that one time.

10. Crazy Girls Bronze Statue at Planet Hollywood

Just around the corner from Harmon Corner is Planet Hollywood, and Planet Hollywood is the new home of an iconic, and decidedly offbeat, photo op. It’s a bronze statue for “Crazy Girls,” a topless revue that was once at the demolished Riviera. The statue can be found at the base of the escalator leading up to the hotel’s Sin City Theatre.

Crazy Girls statue

It’s considered good luck to rub the statue, hence the strategic buffing, if you get our drift.

11. Chocolate Statue of Liberty at New York-New York

Everything’s better with chocolate, so it follows the Statue of Liberty is better made of chocolate. Hershey’s Chocolate World at New York-New York boasts a Lady Liberty replica made of 800 pounds of chocolate. Yes, in a city where the temperature often exceeds 120. Here’s a video about the making of this curious Vegas photo op. The statue took 1,000 hours to make, or roughly the amount of time your flight takes when you’re headed to Las Vegas.

Chocolate Statue of Liberty

We’re thinking this has the makings of the world’s largest, and most patriotic, s’more.

12. Dogs at Cosmopolitan

We don’t know much about these dogs, other than that they’re very cooperative when it’s time to take a photo. The collection of pups (there are five) can be found on the level above the Cosmopolitan’s casino.

Cosmopolitan dogs

The position of the dogs changes from time to time, so drop by and check out the latest doggy positions. We probably should’ve checked your I.D. before letting you read these photo captions.

13. Headless Lenin at Mandalay Bay

Just outside the Red Square bar at Mandalay Bay you’ll find a headless statue of Lenin, sometimes referred to by his DJ name, Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov. When the statue first went up, it had a head, but customers complained, mainly retired servicemen. So, the head was lopped off in 1999.

Lenin Red Square

Lenin is considered one of the most influential foreign leaders of the 20th century, so 96% of Americans have no clue who he is. All due respect.

14. Big Rig Jig

Let’s head (please refer to #13) back downtown to get a look at Big Rig Jig, a hidden gem and spectacularly weird Las Vegas photo op. Big Rig Jig is a 50-foot, 25-ton sculpture, assuming you use the term “sculpture” very loosely.

Big Rig Jig

Big Rig Jig sits in the courtyard of the closed Fergusons Motel. Think “Human Centipede,” but with trucks.

15. Manneken-Pis at The D Las Vegas

No, really, that’s what it’s called. This defiant statue is an over-sized replica of the famous statue in Brussels. Which is another country altogether, we’re pretty sure. Manneken-Pis means “little man pee” in Dutch. This isn’t rocket science, you know. This blog personally tossed the very first coin into the Manneken-Pis fountain and promptly won $1,000 on a Top Dollar slot machine in The D. Which makes this not only an offbeat photo op, but also a financial planning strategy. Or something.

Manneken-Pis The D

The original Manneken-Pis was designed by Hiëronymus Duquesnoy the Elder, a name which got the dude epic amounts of tail, trust us.

16. Mantis at Downtown Container Park

This 150:1 scale model of a praying mantis lights up the sky with fire each night at the Downtown Container Park, a shopping district fashioned from recycled shipping containers. The flame-throwing mantis took 3,000 hours to build and burns through about 50 gallons of propane each day. Flames from the beast reach six stories high.

Container Park mantis

Be sure to bring some extra bejesus with you, as the mantis is sure to scare what’s in you out of you.

We weren’t kidding about the “six stories high” thing, by the way.

17. Painting at Park on Fremont

Park on Fremont is a bar and restaurant on (wait for it) Fremont Street. East, to be specific. Fremont East is flush with idiosyncratic bars, and Park on Fremont is no exception. On the restaurant’s patio, you’ll find an awkward painting most customers don’t even notice. We did, and now you will, too. Snap away!

Park on Fremont

Ask your server if you’d like to sit in the non-blushing section.

18. Giant Fire Hydrant

This larger-than-life fireplug, found in downtown Las Vegas, is said to be the world’s largest working fire hydrant. We’d love to say we verified that claim, but that would involve setting our drink down for a minute, so no thanks. The hydrant is located near the Western Hotel, which was euthanized in 2012.

World's largest fire hydrant

On hot days, officials uncap the hydrant so children can cool off. They can be reclaimed in Arizona.

19. Truck Cab at Pizza Rock

All right, just one more Las Vegas photo op downtown before we head back to The Strip. Guests of our favorite Vegas restaurant, Pizza Rock, are sometimes surprised to see a Peterbilt truck cab. Their surprise turns to WTF when they realize the truck doubles as the restaurant’s DJ booth.

Pizza Rock truck cab

This is the only acceptable kind of “long-hauling” in Las Vegas, thank you very much.

20. Blue Man Group at Luxor

Back to The Strip we skip! In November 2015, Blue Man Group moved back to Luxor after a number of years at Monte Carlo. After settling in, they set up a photo op to help market the show. Inside the display, you’ll find life-like blue persons and random props to up the weird quotient. Guests can stick their head through a hole in the wall of the display (swapping faces with legendary TV painting instructor Bob Ross), making the display both interactive and sort of disturbing, in a good way.

The display is named the Blue Man Wax Shack, a cross-promotion with Madame Tussauds, which created the blue men.

The display is named the Blue Man Wax Shack, a cross-promotion with Madame Tussauds, which created the blue men.

21. “Ka” Dragon at MGM Grand

At the entrance to the “Ka” Theater at MGM Grand, there’s a massive, colorful dragon, the perfect addition to your Las Vegas photo collection. “Ka” is one of the Cirque shows in Las Vegas that offers a free open house to guests. There are very few words we love as much as “free.” They include “Captain,” “craps” and “formicophilia.” Don’t ask.

Las Vegas photo op

Dragons are mythological, much like the Alon resort.

22. Mastro’s Ocean Club at Crystals Mall

You either get why this is an offbeat photo op or you don’t. And if you don’t, we admire the rose-colored glasses through which you view the world.

Mastro's Ocean Club

We’ve tried getting a reservation at Mastro’s, but it’s hard.

23. Penn & Teller at Rio

That’s right, one of the quirkiest Las Vegas photo ops isn’t a thing, it’s a who. Troublesome magicians Penn & Teller hang out with audience members after their show, signing autographs and taking photos. Unlike some Vegas celebs, they don’t charge for the meet-and-greet, they do it as a way to show appreciation to their fans.

Penn & Teller

It’s not a Madame Tussauds thing, promise. It’s the actual Penn & Teller.

24. Scorpions at Nacho Daddy

If you thought the scorpion shots at Nacho Daddy were creepy, wait until you see their new display case. Nacho Daddy opened a location on The Strip in August 2016 (at Miracle Mile Shops) and installed a custom display featuring gargantuan Emperor scorpions. The case was built by the team from the reality show “Tanked,” and Nacho Daddy was featured on the show.

Nacho Daddy scorpions

The Emperor scorpions at Nacho Daddy share their case with lots of very, very nervous crickets.

25. Seven Magic Mountains

They’re big, they’re bold and they’re out in the middle of nowhere. Seven Magic Mountains is about 10 minutes south of the Las Vegas Strip, and you sort of can’t miss them. Seven Magic Mountains is seven pillars, all between 30 and 35 feet tall. Each rock weighs between 20 and 25 tons. The public art piece took five years to complete, at a cost of $3.5 million. You want offbeat? You’ve got it!

Seven Magic Mountains

About a third of Vegas visitors come from California, so this photo op has quickly become a Sin City fanatic favorite.

Here’s a look from a slightly different perspective.

Well, that should keep you busy during your next visit to Las Vegas.

Have a favorite offbeat Las Vegas photo op? We might just include your suggestion in our follow-up story which we’re sure you’ll be clamoring for any time now. We’ll wait.

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“Love” at Mirage Opens Up Rehearsals to Boost Ticket Sales

Cirque du Soleil shows have dominated the entertainment scene in Las Vegas for such a long time, it’s easy to forget they actually require marketing to fill seats.

Recently, “Mystere” at Treasure Island (rumored to be struggling, and some suggest its
time on The Strip may be coming to an end, but a PR rep for the show says the show “will not be coming to an end anytime in the foreseeable future”) began allowing guests to attend rehearsals.

We loved our visit, and there’s no denying Cirque has an eye for some of the most talented
performers and athletes in the world.

Mystere Las Vegas

“Mystere,” without its makeup on.

Similarly, “Ka” at MGM Grand has experimented with giving guests behind-the-scenes access
with a weekly open house.

Again, it’s an incredible opportunity to see the work and talent that goes into these
unforgettable shows.

Granted, it’s a little difficult to remember which Cirque show is which, but we’ve got you covered.

Ka theater

We could sort of just sit and look at the “Ka” theater itself for an hour and feel entertained.

Now, “Love” at Mirage is following suit. “Love” will let guests get a free peek at
rehearsals starting Oct. 14, 2016. The rehearsals are open to guests of all ages.

Open rehearsals will happen each Friday, 4:15 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. and Sundays, 3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Beatles Love Mirage

“Love.” Rumored to be all you need.

The show notes these open rehearsals are subject to cancellation, and it’s recommended
guests call the show’s box office (702.792.7735) to confirm they’re happening on a given
day.

We love the idea of giving guests a glimpse into the weird, wonderful world that is Cirque. Open houses and rehearsals help raise awareness about the shows, and in turn, increased ticket sales shore up the bottom line. That’s especially important now that so many of the expensive production shows in Las Vegas are receiving scrutiny about their profitability, and several have closed because of soft ticket sales.

In a fun twist, Cirque’s most brilliant marketing move yet may have been to use some kind of mind control on the Venetian, a competing resort just across the street from the Mirage, to help advertise “Love.” The Venetian recently installed a massive “Love” statue by artist Laura Kimpton in its atrium area. The “Love” art installation was previously on display at the Life is Beautiful music festival.

Love statue Venetian

We are not making this up. Genius!

So, check out the open rehearsals at “Love.”

More fun, free things to do in Las Vegas? We’ll drink to that! Technically, we’ll drink to just about anything, but let’s not get bogged down in details.

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Fremont Arcade Brings New Energy to Downtown’s Neonopolis Mall

A videogame and pinball arcade, Fremont Arcade, has moved into downtown’s Neonopolis
and is breathing new life into the oft-maligned shopping complex.

Fremont Arcade

It’s refreshing to see something at Neonopolis with the lights on. Told you it’s oft-maligned.

At just 3,500-square-feet, Fremont Arcade isn’t a sprawling space, but the owners have taken special care to offer a variety of games players seem to appreciate.

Fremont Arcade already appears to have a loyal following, including this Las Vegas blog. Hey, one can’t live by Top Dollar alone. Probably.

Fremont Arcade

At Fremont Arcade’s official opening, Mayor Carolyn Goodman points at a giant Pac Man game, which wasn’t awkward at all, trust us.

One of the big draws at Fremont Arcade isn’t actually its most lucrative. The arcade features about 16 rare and custom pinball machines.

In a recent podcast, we chatted up Larry Galbraith, one of the owners of Fremont Arcade,
and he gave us a glimpse into the mind of a pinball madman.

Fremont Arcade

And now, pinball terms that sound dirtier than they are: Woodrail, banana flippers, gobble hole, passive bumper, slam tilt, spinner and wedge head.

Galbraith purchases limited edition machines (many cost $10,000 or more) and adds his own
touches (such as special lighting or even the material used on the flippers to give customers longer playing time), making the pinball machines at Fremont Arcade truly one-of-a-kind.

Here’s a quick walk-through of Fremont Arcade.

To be honest, arcades have never been our thing. We’re in Las Vegas, after all, and we are a relatively adult person.

Arcades inside casinos, where we see them most often, tend to be places intended to keep kids occupied so their parents can gamble. As such, they tend to be a little creepy.

But since Fremont Arcade opened, it’s served as fun, low-cost counter-programming to slot
machines, so it’s become a part of our downtown ritual and has won our flipper-loving heart.

Fremont Arcade

While Fremont Arcade doesn’t serve liquor, it’s allowed inside, and the pinball machines even have cup holders for said hooch. Told you the place is awesome.

The owners of Fremont Arcade have a good feel for the types of games their customers want,
including the most annoying (and profitable) of all arcade games, air hockey.

Fremont Arcade

We remain undeterred.

While the footprint of Fremont Arcade is small, it offers a number of games you won’t find
in other Las Vegas arcades (like the deluxe Time Crisis 5), making it a destination for
those who can’t resist seeking out a gigantic Pan Man or claw game, or a rare Typhoon
two-person motion ride, whatever that might actually be.

Fremont Arcade

Fremont Arcade saves a lot on new game acquisition by letting its current machines mate and reproduce.

As word-of-mouth has grown for Fremont Arcade—the business has done almost no advertising so far—the growing traffic to the venue has given Neonopolis some much-needed energy. The shopping center has churned through a number of tenants in recent years, but has some reliable anchors, including Banger Brewing, Denny’s, Toy Shack and the Heart Attack Grill.

A new beef jerky shop opened in Neonopolis recently, because beef jerky, and a new Italian
restaurant is slated to move in soon, Fat Papa’s.

Useful fact: The parking lot beneath Neonopolis is owned by the City of Las Vegas, and is
one of the best parking values downtown.

Fremont Arcade

The Walking Dead pinball machine is our newest obsession, right after craps, Captain Morgan and talking about ourself in the first person plural.

Fremont Arcade opens at 11:00 a.m. each day and closes at midnight Sunday through Thursday, 1:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

There are lots of diversions in downtown Las Vegas, and we don’t expect pinball machines
or giant Pac Man to completely replace our love of drinking and gambling anytime soon, but
Fremont Arcade is family-friendly, a great value and an amusing change of pace before or
after some Fremont Street debauchery.

So, get to debauching, already. It’s Las Vegas.

Fremont Arcade

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Please Stop Waiting in Line for a Photo at the Las Vegas Sign

Taking a photo at the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign is a must-do ritual for Las Vegas visitors.

Standing in a long line to take a photo at the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign is one of the most peculiar. Rituals. In case that wasn’t clear. Please keep up.

Las Vegas sign

Yes, it took us 45 minutes to remove all the power lines with Photoshop. Totally worth it.

Seriously, thousands of people visit the Las Vegas sign each day and many, many of them inexplicably stand in line for their turn to snap a pic.

On a recent visit, people were standing in line for 20-30 minutes for the iconic photo op.

Las Vegas sign

Self-regulating courtesy. Our faith in humanity is restored.

But here’s the thing. The Las Vegas sign isn’t a line thing.

The civility it appreciated, but you’re in Las Vegas. Why are you standing in line for something where a line isn’t accomplishing anything?

Just step to one side of the line or the other and have at it, already!

Las Vegas sign photos

Are you a fan of In-N-Out? That should be your strategy at the Las Vegas sign!

Why are people standing in line? We suspect many foreign travelers see a line and are just being polite. Which is awesome. Many experts believe politeness became extinct in 1998,
but that’s clearly not the case.

It’s also possible people are standing in line because everyone else is. That herd mentality, though, is stealing precious time that could be better spent gambling and drinking, especially that second thing.

There’s also a chance people are waiting so they can stand directly beneath the sign for their photo. That position is actually one of the worst to get a photo, by the way.

Matters may be complicated by the fact scam artists often pose as “official photographers” at the sign (a designation that doesn’t exist) and, in an attempt to earn more tips, direct guests to stand in line as it makes the fleecing process more efficient.

The bottom line is you have better things to do. So, skip the line. Taking a photo at the Las Vegas sign is a five minute thing, not a 30 minute thing. Which is also something you can tell your lover. You read it online, so it must be true. You’re welcome.

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Mystery Erection in Downtown Las Vegas Explained

We love a good mystery, and this one lasted upwards of two days.

A mysterious blue structure has been erected recently, just across Las Vegas Boulevard from Stratosphere. It’s the tall, skinny one. Please try and keep up.

At first glance, the blue structure has no obvious purpose.

Blue erections

What’s your best guess? We’ll wait.

We flew into action to solve the mystery, of course, and it turns out the series of blue walls are handball, paddleball and racquetball courts.

There are presumably 18 courts, but we could only pick out 15. We smell a scandal!

The courts will host the 2016 3WallBall World Championships, Sep. 21-25, in partnership with the Stratosphere.

Here’s a view of the structures that makes their purpose clearer.

3wallball championships

The walls are 16 feet high, which makes things really awkward when you’re slow dancing with them. Or something.

Apparently, Las Vegas is sorely lacking in handball, paddleball and racquetball courts. (It does, however, have a plethora of pickleball courts.)

The 3WallBall World Championships include a kids clinic, charity events, amateur and pro competitions and a truck show. Because trucks just make everything better.

Find out more about the 3WallBall World Championships on the event’s Facebook page or official Web site. The 3WallBall World Championships will stream on ESPN.

There’s never a dull moment in Las Vegas. Although, given the feedback about our podcast, we’re no longer sure that’s true.

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