Guess What Hermain Cain’s Lucky Number Is, and No, It’s Not Nine

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Open up Herman Cain's book, This Is Hermain Cain!, flip to chapter nine (of course), and you'll see in big type at the top: "Forty-Five — A Special Number." According to the Daily Beast's Michelle Cottle, Hermain Cain has a worrying obsession with numerology and even writes in his book that, "45 keeps on popping up as I go about the business of being elected — you guessed it — as the forty-fifth president of the United States." Below, a few examples.

• Cain's "conception, gestation, and birth all occurred within" the year 1945 (his words in quotes).

• 1945 was also when Reader's Digest published a version of Austrian free-market economist Friedrich von Hayek's The Road to Serfdom, one of Cain's favorite books. (A few other fans of the book: Rick Perry and Glenn Beck.)

Assuming Cain does become the 45th President of these United States, he would be inaugurated in 2013, the same year he will be celebrating his 45th wedding anniversary.

On one of the last legs of a campaign trip Cain once took, he was traveling on Flight 1045 at an altitude of 45,000 feet.

And last but by no means least, it is hard to overlook the fact that Herman Cain's now-famous 9-9-9 tax slogan, shares a special relationship to the number 45 — just slice it down the middle, add the two numbers together, and, voilà!, you have yourself a nine. (Proof: 4+5=9)

Herman Cain Is Obsessed With Signs and Symbols [Daily Beast]