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Why is lucky 38 empty?

It’s basically letting everyone in the wasteland know that he considers them inferior to himself and that no one is worthy enough to enter his palace.

Is the lucky 38 the Space Needle?

As far as the Lucky 38’s exterior looks go, it draws much more artistically and architecturally, from the Space Needle than the Stratosphere, which, other than being tall and slender, has fundamentally different design to the Lucky 38.

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