Las Vegas Vacation Fun Stuff, Did You Know

July 7, 2013 by  
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Las Vegas Vacation Fun Stuff, Did You Know?

Fun stuff to amaze your friends on your flight


The word “casino” originally meant “a public hall for music and dancing”. By the second half of the 19th century, the term essentially meant a collection of gaming or gambling rooms. The classic example of a casino, and one of the world’s best known, is “The Casino” at Monte Carlo, which opened in 1861.

In Las Vegas The Arizona Club was the first resort to open in Vegas March 31, 1906.

Las Vegas was incorporated into a city in June, 1911.

The first flight into Las Vegas was by two Blythe, California newspaper men on May 10, 1920.

Gambling Sandwich? Who invented what we refer to as a “sandwich”? So common we don’t ever think that an English gambler, “The Earl of Sandwich” asked for meat between his bread so he wouldn’t have to stop gambling merely to eat his lunch!…True!

Gambling: What a phenomenon! Ever wonder where all this gambling stuff got started?

The first accounts of gambling were in 2300 B.C. in China

Gambling was very popular in ancient Greece, even though it was “illegal”.

Who were the first real “Tough Guys” to bet on? (Clue; Rome) Yep, Gladiators.

Dice: Who used dice first? Craps? Who thought that one up? The Egyptians. They carved dice from the anklebones of antelope to roll. Hence, “Roll them Bones”! The Egyptians wagered on a game originally called “atep” a game of guessing the number of upheld fingers.
( I wonder if this is also the origin of the now so common middle finger salute? Ed.)

Playing Cards are believed to have been invented in China and/or India sometime around 900 A.D. The Chinese are thought to have originated card games when they began shuffling paper money (another Chinese invention) into various denominations and combinations.

Baccarat is the principal of card games in the United Kingdom and most of Europe.

Blackjack is a fixture in all American Casinos.

Golf is believed to have started in Scotland (records show 1400 A.D.) but a stained glass window from 1340 A.D. shows a duffer throwing his club in the Loch! I guess the first golfer/gambler was a sore loser then, like today! {Ed.}

Ever wonder who the heck those “Kings” are on your deck of cards?

King of Spades – King David
King of Hearts – Charlemagne
King of Clubs – Alexander the Great
King of Diamonds – Julius Caesar

In doing my research to satisfy my curiosity I thought there might be others wondering about some of these hard to find answers. And at the same time enjoy a chuckle at this form of Las Vegas Entertainment.

You may feel free to reprint this article for use on your flight or on other websites. But you must leave this link intact.

Cruise Jobs A Lucrative And Fun Experience

May 13, 2013 by  
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Many people have heard the old adage that a cruise ship is like a floating city, therefore, it is not hard to imagine that it takes hundreds of employees to run and maintain a cruise ship. Think of all the jobs that have to be filled just in the community where you live. It is the same way on a cruise ship.

Basically, there are about 14 different departments on a cruise ship, with each department being responsible for hiring a particular group of employees to fill the jobs available on the cruise ship. The Deck department is by far where the highest paying cruise ship jobs are, as this department fills the need for captains and all other officers, as well as hiring security staff members and safety officers. The safety officers aboard a cruise ship do the same job as a policeman would on dry land.

The Galley department is in charge of obtaining employees to fill jobs such as butchers, dishwashers, cooks, pastry chefs, as well as any other kitchen staff. The I.T. department can offer jobs to those trained in computer systems, computer repair and the like. Those looking for cashier and boutique jobs would need to see someone within the Gift Shop Department. The Medical department is able to offer employment to trained and licensed physicians and nurses, while the Beauty department is interested in filling positions needing hair stylists, barbers, nail technicians and massage therapists. These are just a few of the departments that hire personnel for cruise ship jobs, there are many others.

A cruise ship also has the need for many other services, and look for employees who desire to be plumbers, repairmen, waiters, bartenders, dance instructors, black jack dealers and other casino workers, janitors, cashiers, bus boys, musicians, singers, spa and pool maintenance workers, laundry staff, fitness instructors and the list just goes on and on.

Those employed by a cruise ship almost always enjoy such great benefits as free meals and travel, free health insurance, medium to high wages, free room and board as well as discounted cruise travel for family and friends. A cruise ship job will also offer the employee the opportunity to see things, and to travel to far away places. Without a cruise ship job, many people would never be able to travel so extensively.

Around the world, the data shows that there are approximately 47,000 cruise ship jobs available every single year. No matter what your chosen profession is, there is a good possibility that a cruise ship may just need your services and expertise.

You can see what positions are available by visiting the websites of each one of the different cruise lines if you are interested in a cruise ship job. There are also job boards on the World Wide Web that specifically list jobs that are available aboard cruise ships.

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