The Quick 10: 10 Caulbearers

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Have you heard of the old belief that babies who are born in the caul (the amniotic sac) will grow up to be super-geniuses or otherwise destined for greatness? If that's the case, I guess not many of us out there are fated to do great things - only one in 80,000 babies is born in the caul. Some people believe that true caul births are only babies who are born with the caul over their heads or faces. Babies totally born in the caul (which sometimes happens with premature births) apparently don't count.

Maybe there's some truth to the superstition, because some pretty powerful and influential people were born in the caul. Here are a few of them - and a few fictional caulbearers.

1. Liberace
2. Napoleon
3. Marie Laveau
4. Sigmund Freud
5. Lord Byron
6. Queen Christina of Sweden
7. Alexander the Great
8. Hamlet
9. Danny Torrance from The Shining
10. David Copperfield (the Dickens character, not the magician)

Were you born with a caul? Was anyone you know? Are you/they doing amazing things? Whether you're a caulbearer or not, have a great weekend!

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July 16, 2010 - 1:29pm
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