Paul the Octopus—the German cephalopod who predicted the outcome of Germany’s World Cup games—is nothing but “Western propaganda and superstition,” said Iran’s president on the weekend. Paul predicted the winner of all seven matches involving Germany by choosing a mussel from either a jar with the German flag or a jar with the opposing team’s flag. “Those who believe in this type of thing cannot be the leaders of the global nations that aspire, like Iran, to human perfection,” Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told a crowd in Tehran.
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