The mysteries of modern irrigation, a preponderance of neon gas, showgirls defying the laws of gravity.
But there are even greater, more looming Vegas questions to ponder.
Like where to direct someone if they really want fresh toro... with a side of Peking duck.
The answer: Rice & Company, a brand-new, appropriately massive Japanese-Chinese hybrid of a restaurant and lounge, opening at Luxor next Friday and taking reservations now.
You’ll come to think of this place as the mega-club version of this town’s more, shall we say, intimate sushi spots. So basically, you and 26 of your closest friends will feel totally comfortable blindfold-sake-bombing in one of the cylindrical private dining rooms.
So when you’re in the middle of an escalating craps game and that familiar craving for piles of fresh raw fish, wrapped in rice, lying atop rice and washed down with rice-based alcohol hits, you’ll head to the mouth of the Sphinx.
Once you make your way to your final destination (it’s on the second floor, near the entrance to the Shoppes at Mandalay Place), sidle up to the sushi bar, order some lobster and caviar shu mai, a bottle of sake and perhaps a brain-bending king crab, spicy tuna, eel and fried parsnip roll.
They named it Sexy Lady for the parsnip.