'Psychic octopus' to predict final
The octopus oracle has correctly predicted all of Germany's World Cup games and will now make his prediction for Germany's match with Uruguay.
Thu, Jul 08 2010 at 7:06 AM
MOLLUSK MEDIUM: Two boxes are lowered into Paul’s tank, each containing a morsel of food and the opposing teams’ flags. Whichever box Paul opens is judged to be the winner. (Photo: Mark Keppler/AP)
Paul the "psychic" octopus, who has become a global star after correctly forecasting all six of Germany's World Cup games, will predict the final, but only if his hefty workload has not exhausted him.
The mollusk medium, who stunned Germany by tipping Spain in the semi-final — spot on as it turned out, will on Friday make his prediction for the third-place Germany match with Uruguay, a spokesman for his aquarium told AFP.
Paul's handlers will follow the now familiar routine. Two boxes will be lowered into his tank, each containing a tasty morsel of food and the flags of the two opposing teams.
Whichever box Paul wrenches open is judged to be the winner.
Afterwards, Paul will be offered boxes with Spanish and Dutch flags, the two teams in Sunday's showcase final, but only if he is deemed not too tired and still hungry, the spokesman said.
"We do not want to overburden him," the spokesman said.
The eight-legged oracle forecast German wins over Australia, Argentina, England and Ghana. Proving he is not just attracted to the German flag, he also correctly predicted losses to Serbia and Spain, the latter live on national TV.
But as many World Cup stars have discovered in South Africa, the footballing gods can quickly snatch fame and favor away.
Bitterness at Germany's 1-0 defeat to Spain turned to anger with some sections of the 350,000-strong crowd in Berlin insulting both Paul and his mother.
Even crueler, some fans have begun posting recipes on the Internet, believing that Paul's reward for his clairvoyant powers should be a meeting with the barbecue or the paella pot.
Copyright 2010 AFP Global Edition
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