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'Psychic' octopus Paul maintains perfect match prediction record

AFP/The Local · 8 Jul 2010, 15:42

Published: 08 Jul 2010 08:22 GMT+02:00
Updated: 08 Jul 2010 15:42 GMT+02:00

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The "psychic" creature has correctly predicted all six of Germany's matches and, amid excruciating drama broadcast live on national television on Tuesday, plumped for Spain, causing anguish across the country.

The eight-legged soccer soothsayer was spot on Wednesday, as Carles Puyol's semi-final header shattered Germany's dreams of winning their fourth World Cup.

Two plastic boxes, one with a German flag and one with a Spanish, were lowered into Paul's tank at an aquarium in western Germany, each with a tasty morsel of food inside.

The box which Paul opens first is judged to be his predicted winner.

But with classic fickleness, German fans turned against their beloved octopus after he forecast a Spanish win.

According to daily Der Westen, there have been "a host of comments on Facebook, Twitter ... suggesting Paul should be fried, grilled or turned into a seafood salad or paella. Others wanted to throw him into the shark tank."

On Berlin's "fan-mile," a massive open air set-up where hundreds of thousands of fans watched the game, some sections of the crowd also turned against their former hero, singing anti-octopus songs.

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The Spanish government on Thursday expressed concern for the future well-being of Paul, expressing concern the Germans may take some kind of 'revenge' for their exit on the mollusc medium.

"I am concerned for the octopus ... I am thinking of sending him a protective team," joked Prime Minister Jose Luiz Rodriguez Zapatero on Radio Cadena Ser.

Environment and Fisheries Minister Elena Espinosa suggested there be a moratorium on going after Paul: "On Monday, I shall be at the European Council of Ministers and I shall be asking for a (fishing) ban on Paul the octopus so the Germans do not eat him!"

Such sentiments were echoed by the Spanish Industry Minister Miguel Sebastian, who even called for the creature to be given an "immediate" free transfer to Spain to "ensure his protection."

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Your comments about this article

09:17 July 8, 2010 by Celeon
Anti octopus song ?!

Show more respect ! He is the greatest football psychic this decade. All bow to the mighty octopus and worship him :-)

The motto of the world cup 2014 clearly must be "May the eight-armed one be with you!"

Excuse me now, there is a Paul shrine to built and i must work on the design.
09:25 July 8, 2010 by mexican.wav
what I want to know is, who first decided to let him predict matches in the first place?
09:50 July 8, 2010 by chimpansi
calamari fry - anyone interested?
12:45 July 8, 2010 by LancashireLad
As my colleague said, why does everyone want to fry Paul? It's like wanting to kill the weatherman when he correctly predicts rain.
14:24 July 8, 2010 by chimpansi
LancashireLad, if the weather man predicts snowfall in mid-summer he will be disliked. Its like that. :)
15:20 July 8, 2010 by marimay
He doesn't predict the future... he controls it. D:
21:55 July 8, 2010 by JohnnesKönig
I had concerns that the German team may be superstitious enough to let this affect their game...
00:24 July 9, 2010 by Jibzy
I wish to see it cooked on Monday.
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