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Psychic octopus picks World Cup finalists

‘Paul’ has correctly predicted the outcome of Germany’s World Cup matches so far


 

A two year old octopus named Paul has correctly predicted the outcome of every World Cup match involving Germany this far in the tournament. No doubt to the consternation of his countrymen, Paul chose Spain to beat Germany in the semi-final by picking a mussel from a jar with the Spanish flag on it instead of a German one. Paul, who lives in the Sea Life Aquarium in the city of Oberhausen, has become a celebrity and his predictions are broadcast on German national television. His latest prediction may be cause for concern, though it’s worth pointing out Paul hasn’t always been right. In Euro 2008, he wrongly forecast Germany would prevail over Spain.

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Psychic octopus picks World Cup finalists

  1. Odds if he's picking randomly: 1 in 32.

    Odds if he prefers the German flag (possible: he is probably more familiar with it) are a lot less surprising though.

    • Perhaps the octopus keeper has been putting the freshest mussels in the German flag jar?

      • I bet the mussels in the German flag jar are always swimming in perfect rank and file so they generally look like a more inviting target. The ones in the Spanish jar were probably dancing and playing mandolins though, so he had to eat them first to stop the noise.

  2. If the octopus gets that right, I'm sure that germans will put him in a pot and they'll cook him alive

  3. One more win for the psychic octopus. Spain def. Germany 1-0. (Somebody please Takoyaki that cephalopod…)