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Two Of Vegas’ Biggest Urban Legends Debunked

shutterstock_75340780Las Vegas, maybe more than most cities, has a history rife with urban legends. Some have traveled the internet for decades and others come and go as time goes by.

Here are two of the most famous ones.

You May Lose More Than Your Money In Las Vegas

This legend tells of a man, a visitor to the city, who stopped in a bar for a drink. He soon engaged a pretty woman in conversation and had a drink with her.

He blacks out. When he comes to he finds himself in a hotel bathtub covered with ice.

There is a note and a telephone nearby. The note said “Call 911 or you will die.” The frightened man did call 911 and was rushed to the hospital. Doctors broke the

bad news to him; he was missing one of his kidneys. A notorious gang in the area was known for extracting human organs and selling them on the black market. He was their latest victim.

This particular urban legend gained so much attention that the National Kidney Foundation put out a notice asking for anyone who had a similar experience to contact them. As far as we know no one has.

Is There Is More At Hoover Dam Than Meets The Eye?

Hoover Dam is one the wonders of the world that attracts thousands of visitors each year. It is an incredible sight, one that was completed over a half-century ago, in 1936.

During its construction from 1931-1936 many workers died. Officially, 96 workers died from Dam related causes like dynamite blasts, falling rocks, etc.

This number does not include those who died from natural causes like heatstroke, heart attack, or other like causes. The exact total number of deaths is not really known.

The urban legend has it that there are bodies buried within the Dam’s walls. The number of bodies supposedly buried there varies depending on who’s telling the story. The truth is that there are no human remains within the walls, not even Jimmy Hoffa’s.

 

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