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When Denis Brain was four, so the story goes, he picked up a French horn and played a scale on it; just like that. After this intimation that he was to be regarded as the Dalai Lama of the brass section ... (Radio Times)

When the Dalai Lama dies, he is believed to be reincarnated. His successor is identified by how he reacts when shown objects with which the previous Dalai Lama had a particular connection. As a less spectacular example of this type of indicated destiny, I could cite a school trip report written when I was eight: it includes a table of contents, an index and information presented in tables. Was I then doomed to become a technical author?