It's Spain! Psychic Octopus Makes Choice
06 July 2010 @ 12:55
An apparently psychic octopus has risked the wrath of his fellow countrymen by predicting Spain will beat Germany in the World Cup semi-final.
The creature, known as Paul, has correctly chosen all of his homeland's results so far.
But with one flick of his tentacle - and ignoring Germany's superb form - he has depressed an entire nation by picking their opponents to triumph.
Two plastic boxes with the flag of each country on the front had been placed into his tank at the Oberhausen Sea Life Centre.
With food in both boxes to attract Paul, it is then a matter of waiting until he opens one of them to determine his predicted winner.
On this occasion, he initially went straight for Spain's container.
German hopes were raised as he moved and began to hover over his homeland's flag, but the indecision was brief as he went with his first instinct.
The eight-legged mystic has a perfect record at this tournament - and is said to have had an 80% success rate during Euro 2008.
Paul irked England fans by predicting the debacle in Bloemfontein the day before it happened, despite being born in Weymouth.
And to prove he shows no bias, he plumped for Serbia before they defeated Joachin Low's side 1-0 during the group stages.
Source: Sky News
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