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The subjects of the portraits hung in Hogwarts are able to move around from portrait to portrait and even visit other portraits of themselves elsewhere in the world. The paintings are generally of witches and warlocks, and thanks to enchantments, can incorporate some of the subject’s favorite phrases and behaviors.
420 did not originate from the Los Angeles police or penal code for marijuana use. In California, Police Code 420 means "juvenile disturbance", and California Penal Code section 420 prohibits the obstruction of access to public land. The use of "420" started in 1971 at San Rafael High School, where it indicated the time, 4:20 pm, when a group of students would go to smoke under the statue of Louis Pasteur.
The pizza Margherita owes its name to Italy's Queen Margherita who in 1889 visited the Pizzeria Brandi in Naples. The Pizzaiolo (pizza maker) on duty that day, Raffaele Esposito created a pizza for the Queen that contained the three colors of the new Italian flag.
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NYC's Roosevelt Island doesn't have a need for garbage trucks and weekly trash pick up. Instead, there is an automated vacuum collection. Put your garbage into a porthole and it's transported via underground high-speed pneumatic tubes to a centralized location where it's finally picked up.
In the early 1900s, a woman named Dolly Kroschel kept a secret lover in her attic for years, had the lover kill her husband after a fight, continued keeping the lover in her attic, and was charged with murder 8 years later but was set free because there was a 7-year statute of limitations on murders at the time.
An 11-year-old boy named Brian Zimmerman was elected as the mayor of Crabb, Texas on the platform that he would work to incorporate the town even though it meant he would lose his seat. He was quoted as saying that “the mayor isn’t there to sit and worry about keeping his job. He’s there to do what’s best for the people."
During the Depression, a banker convinced local residents of the small town of Quincy in Florida to buy Coca-Cola Stock. This decision resulted in the town becoming the richest town in America with more millionaires per capita than any other town in USA. A single share bought at $19 would be worth $10 million in 2013.
Alfred Binet, the creator of the first practical IQ test, believed intelligence could change and be developed. He was against using his test as a standard measure of fixed intelligence.
Room 39 is a secret organization associated with the dynasty of the North Korean dictators, the Kim family. Actual Room 39 is thought to be located inside a ruling Workers’ Party building in the capital city of Pyongyang. It is rumored that Room 39 has a slush fund of up to $5 Billion and may be involved in Meth and Heroin distribution. They also run an international chain of restaurants called “Pyongyang.” Until 2004 the organization also maintained an official bank in Vienna, which they used for money-laundering and trade with radioactive substances.
Melora Hardin (Jan from the office) was originally cast to play Jennifer Parker in Back to the Future. She was fired after they recast Marty because she was taller than Michael J. Fox.