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Paul the 'psychic' octopus predicts wins for Germany and Spain

AFP/DPA/The Local · 9 Jul 2010, 11:59

Published: 09 Jul 2010 11:59 GMT+02:00

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The eight-legged clairvoyant, who has become a sensation by correctly predicting all six Germany matches this tournament, plumped for his country of residence on Friday in an event carried live on national television.

In the now familiar routine, two boxes were lowered into his tank, each containing a mussel and the flags of the two opposing teams.

The two-year-old mollusc medium took a brief rest before predicting Spain would beat the Netherlands in the final to hoist the World Cup this year.

But the supernatural art of making football predictions has become a dangerous job for the English-born cephalopod, as some bitter German fans have threatened to turn him into sushi after he predicted a semi-final defeat for Die Mannschaft.

Paul's home, an aquarium in the western German city of Oberhausen, has received death-threat emails saying "we want Paul for the pan," said entertainment supervisor Daniel Fey.

"Since yesterday our colleagues have kept a very close eye on Paul," Fey added.

Even Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luiz Rodriguez Zapatero has called for octopus bodyguards.

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

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Stung by Paul's "treachery" at picking Spain over Germany in the semi-final, some sections of the 350,000-strong crowd watching the game on giant screens in Berlin sang anti-octopus songs. The honour of Paul's mother was called into question, according to witnesses.

Friday's predictions are expected to be the last for Paul, who in octopus terms is a pensioner, at the grand old age of two-and-a-half. Octopuses generally live three years at the latest.

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13:19 July 9, 2010 by DinhoPilot
Hard life for a octupus...
16:11 July 9, 2010 by LancashireLad
When he pops his clogs (and if it's one for each sucker that's a whole bush), will they have him stuffed and mounted?
03:49 July 10, 2010 by DavidtheNorseman
Paul was only right 66% of the time in 2008 (4/6 games). Statisitically he is overdue for a wrong guess.

Don't be too hard on the Octopus, NycLabrets. He gets a treat no matter what he does......at the moment his greatest danger is angry bookies :-)
08:23 July 10, 2010 by JAMessersmith
Paul is more of a sage than a psychic. He doesn't predict outcomes; he wills them to fruition...
19:36 July 11, 2010 by damodaran17numerology
A psychic octopus called "PAUL" predicted the victory of Spain over Germany in the Semifinal of World Cup.On July 9th,"PAUL" predicted that Germany will be in the third place and that Spain will win the World Cup 2010.Out of the three predictions,two have been proved correct.Now the octopus shines outweighs more than all the human experts,scholars and occultists put together!

In this context let me point out certain numerological factors.

The occult number of "PAUL" is 18.The occult number of Spain is also 18.Number 18 adds up to 9.It represents Tuesday.It was on Tuesday that "PAUL" predicted the victory."Paul" is an octopus-that is,8-legged.

The letter "P' carries the occult number 8.Quite interestingly,it was the goal gained by PUYOL that resulted in the victory of Spain in the Semifinal.See,the names Paul and Puyol begins with the same letter.

Whether it is Spain or Holland,the winner will be the 8th nation to win the World Cup after 80 years(8+0=8).
01:43 July 12, 2010 by WAKeele
You can pretty much make any association with anything if you try hard enough.
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