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Octopus Foresaw Germany's Defeat In World Cup.

5:29 pm - 07/07/2010
(CNN) -- German football fans' agony over Wednesday's loss to Spain in the World Cup semifinal was perhaps worsened by the knowledge that the result was predicted by an octopus.

Paul the octopus, a psychic cephalopod at Sea Life in Oberhausen, western Germany, has become a World Cup phenomenon after correctly predicting the victors in all six of Germany's matches. Tuesday's ceremony was carried live on German television.

Sea Life staff help Paul make his prediction by lowering two boxes of food into his tank, one witha German flag and the other bearing that of their opponents. The case he opens first is adjudged to be his predicted winner.

The octopus correctly picked that coach Joachim Low's side would beat Ghana and Australia in the group stages -- but also outwitted most professional pundits by predicting Germany's shock 1-0 defeat by Serbia.

In the knockout stages, Paul tipped Germany to beat both England and Argentina.

But the cephalopod drew cries of despair from assembled watchers Tuesday when, after initially lingering over the box for the German flag, he plumped for the Spanish flag instead.

But the octopus only managed an 80 percent success rate in predicting Germany's results at the 2008 European Championships.

He also failed to foresee Spain's 1-0 win over Germany in the final.

Spain will face the Netherlands Sunday in the World Cup Final.

Source knows why octopoids are banned in Vegas.

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I don't believe in this shit, but it's still hilarious to me (and I say that as someone who was rooting for Germany).
paulnolan 7th-Jul-2010 10:40 pm (UTC)
I BELIEVE IN PAUL <3
girlthatyoufear HATERS GONNA HATE7th-Jul-2010 10:40 pm (UTC)






But, yea. The media's obsession with the octopus is a bit ridiculous. No need to surround him with every camera in the country whenever he's about to make his pick. For all we know, his picks might be self-fulfilling prophecies, IDK.
rex_dart Re: HATERS GONNA HATE7th-Jul-2010 10:43 pm (UTC)
lmao I love octopuses this is SO CUTE T____T
notgarystu Re: HATERS GONNA HATE7th-Jul-2010 11:14 pm (UTC)
The brilliance in this comment is so blinding that I am ruined for every comment hereafter.
girlthatyoufear Re: HATERS GONNA HATE7th-Jul-2010 11:22 pm (UTC)
Paul has that effect on people.



:D
rex_dart Re: HATERS GONNA HATE8th-Jul-2010 12:19 am (UTC)
brb dying
anaid_rabbit Re: HATERS GONNA HATE8th-Jul-2010 12:02 am (UTC)
Paul´s the cutest psychic ever.
lied_ohne_worte Re: HATERS GONNA HATE8th-Jul-2010 08:10 am (UTC)
Before the Germany match, they had the bloody thing in every news show, even the serious ones. It annoyed me to no end (and it would have annoyed me even if he had picked Germany). An octopus, really?
ghost_busting 7th-Jul-2010 10:40 pm (UTC)
It's only a matter of time until someone starts a cult around this octopus.
ghost_busting 7th-Jul-2010 10:41 pm (UTC)
But FUCK YEAH ESPANA ♥
shellypants 7th-Jul-2010 10:48 pm (UTC)
Now let's hope they win the whole thing or I will have one mopey Spaniard on my hands on Sunday afternoon...
ephemeralize 7th-Jul-2010 10:43 pm (UTC)
can we take this thing back to england.
lied_ohne_worte 8th-Jul-2010 08:12 am (UTC)
I say we make something useful of him. Sushi? Octopus rings (or whatever those are called in English)?
firerosearien 7th-Jul-2010 10:43 pm (UTC)
VIVA ESPAÑA!!!!!!!
piratesswoop 7th-Jul-2010 10:46 pm (UTC)
COME ON ESPANA ONE MORE MATCH VAMOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOS

AMAZING FOR SPAIN TO THE WORLD CUP AND THEIR DAVIS CUP QUARTERFINAL ON THE SAME DAY A WEEK AFTER NADAL WON WIMBLEDON. SPANISH ATHLETES >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> EVERYONE ELSE TBH.
sauron 7th-Jul-2010 10:46 pm (UTC)
THAT EFFING OCTOPUS. AND TO THINK I WANTED TO VISIT IT SOME DAY.
iweep4u 7th-Jul-2010 11:11 pm (UTC)
Personally, I was rooting for Team Octopus.
albumsontheside 8th-Jul-2010 10:48 am (UTC)
Same :D
doe_witch 7th-Jul-2010 11:13 pm (UTC)
Lmfao this is why I love octopods forever.

Too bad it's psychic prediction wasn't WRONG THOUGH.

~mourn Germany thread~
notgarystu 7th-Jul-2010 11:15 pm (UTC)
its ok bb <3
so_bambiesque 7th-Jul-2010 11:37 pm (UTC)
It's ok, you can blame me instead. The only Germany match I missed up til now was Serbia, and we all know how that went, and I missed the match tonight. It's a simple fact. If I don't watch Germany play, they lose. Hate me, I hate myself :'(
faerieglen 8th-Jul-2010 03:59 pm (UTC)
Heh. Used to be the other way round for me: They always won when I DIDN'T watch. Before 2006, that is.
lied_ohne_worte 8th-Jul-2010 08:12 am (UTC)
*sniff*
_sockmonk_ 7th-Jul-2010 11:35 pm (UTC)
PAUL FTW
dinosaur 7th-Jul-2010 11:38 pm (UTC)
Someone's going to be eating you soon, Paul.

JK, just pick Germany for the 3rd place game. KTHNX.
arisma 7th-Jul-2010 11:55 pm (UTC)
My BFF is German and when she heard he'd favored Spain last night she tweaked out a lot. I was amused.
pragmatic_chimp 8th-Jul-2010 12:01 am (UTC)
So who's up for some takoyaki?

Fuck you, Paul. Fuck you.
homasse 8th-Jul-2010 01:57 am (UTC)
Mmmm, takoyaki.

Y'all say "octopus," I think "delicious, delicious takoyaki."
watchsnowfall 8th-Jul-2010 12:09 am (UTC)
Sooooo funny, ahahah. It's a good conversation starter before the games too.
schmiss 8th-Jul-2010 01:29 am (UTC)
Paul is my hero <3
intotheaether 8th-Jul-2010 02:32 am (UTC)
The next (and last) German game is the third place play-off against Uruguay, on Saturday. Not sure when he'll pick, though.
intotheaether 8th-Jul-2010 02:34 am (UTC)
I was rooting for Germany, but I'm also sort of pleased that Paul was right again. ♥
danyjoncew 8th-Jul-2010 03:04 am (UTC)
AHAHAHAHA, I can't believe Paul made ONTD_P.
haruhiko 8th-Jul-2010 03:48 am (UTC)
Smarter than his distant cousin Rand, apparently.
notgarystu 8th-Jul-2010 03:57 am (UTC)
L-O-L
kitrinlu 8th-Jul-2010 04:12 am (UTC)
What I want to know is, how did this even come about? Like, who first realised that the octopus was a football psychic, and what the heck were they doing at the time? Can he predict other sports, or is it just football? And is it just this particular octopus, or are all octopodes secretly psychic?

So many questions...
wonderpup 8th-Jul-2010 09:06 am (UTC)
Hey guys, hey guys...

Guess who is going to be in Barcelona for the World Cup Final....

awwww yeah
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