Friday, July 16, 2010

A psychic octopus

Have you heard of Octopus Paul? Well, I first heard or known of him when I saw him featured in Channel News Asia and a headline in xinMSN. It says, he is retiring? I was like, huh? I googled about him and found interesting information.

According to WIKI,

Paul (purportedly hatched January 2008) is a common octopus living in a tank at a Sea Life Centre in Oberhausen, Germany. Paul became internationally famous for correctly "predicting" the winner of Germany's seven matches at the 2010 World Cup, as well as the final.
During the divinations, Paul was presented with two boxes containing food in the form of a mussel, each box marked on the outside with the flag of a national football team in an upcoming match. He chose the box with the flag of the winning team in four of Germany's six Euro 2008 matches, and in all seven of their matches in the 2010 World Cup. He correctly predicted a win for Spain against the Netherlands in the World Cup final on 11 July by eating the mussel in the box with the Spanish flag on it.[2] His predictions were 100% (8/8) correct for the 2010 World Cup and 86% (12/14) correct overall. Paul was retired after the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The keeper at the aquarium claims that Paul wasn't the octopus which predicted the results for the 2008 UEFA European Football Championships, which would give him 100% accuracy overall.[3]

Please visit this if you want more, PAUL @ Wiki

And according to the

"He's the world's greatest tipster, with a faultless record of predicting winners at the World Cup in South Africa. 

But be warned, if you're after a tip for the final, you can't have a word in his shell. That's because Paul the psychic Octopus, like many molluscs, doesn't have a shell.

Paul, who resides at the Aquarium Sea Life Centre in Oberhausen, has become a celebrity in Germany after predicting victories over Australia, Ghana, England and Argentina."
Pictures from DailyMail
Deep fried Germans: Paul opts for Spain ahead of the semi-final clash
Deep sea oracle: Paul has been prolific in selecting the victors of Germany's games in South Africa

It is really funny! :) Weird world isn't it?

1 comment:

  1. Weird world indeed! I have been following the World Cup so I have heard about this octopus before. There are now octopus plushies being sold all around Germany and I bet the craziness will reach Slovakia too, since Germany is our neighbour.


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