More bizarrely, Clare is the patron saint of television, despite the fact that she was born around 1194(1194-07-16... According to lore (and Wikipedia), Pope Pius XII designated her as the patron saint of TV in 1958, on the basis that when she was too ill to attend Mass, she had reportedly been able to see and hear it on the wall of her room. The Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) was founded by a Poor Clare nun, Mother Angelica.
I’ve been given a handful of semi-kistchy glow-in-the-dark St. Clare statues over the course my life, which I’ve heard some TV producers and editors place near their consoles. It’s probably divine intervention that I eventually became a TV critic, although the presence of the St. Clares on my cable box doesn’t always guarantee that I watch quality TV.
Disassociating Catholocism from its faith elements for a moment, it’s just fun and weird to delve into the lore of the different saints (it’s sort of like a cross between collecting baseball cards and getting into Greek mythology.) Tell me in the comments section: what’s the most unusual factoid about your namesake saint? You don’t have to be Christian to play.