Paul the Ocutopus has predicted a German win over England at the FIFA World Cup 2010 last-16 match on Sunday. Paul is a two year-old octopus living in Sea Life aquarium in Oberhausen, Germany. He was born in England.
Tanja Munzig, a spokeswoman for the Sea Life Aquarium in the western city of Oberhausen said “during the 2008 European Championship, Paul predicted 80 percent of all German games right” Paul was faced with a choice between a mussel marked with the German flag over a mussel with the English St. George’s Cross. He is apparently very good at predicting winners in soccer matches.
An octopus has correctly picked the winner of Germany’s four World Cup matches so far, with possible psychic powers, on Tuesday tipped Germany to beat Argentina in their World Cup quarter-final match on Saturday 3rd July 2010.
At the World Cup, Paul has a 100-percent winning streak and even accurately predicted Serbia would beat Germany in their Group D match-up earlier in the tournament. He has turned into a celebrity oracle for getting all four picks right so far including last Sunday’s elimination round match when Germany beat England.
Once again on Tuesday, Paul was given the choice of picking food from two different plastic containers lowered into his tank, one container with an Argentine flag on it and other with a German flag. The first container that Paul opens has seen as his pick.
Last week, Paul ignored the England flag container and quickly went for the container with the Germany flag, which was taken as a hint that Germany would win a decisive victory.
Before eating the food in the German flag box, Paul moved cautiously and spent about 45 minutes mulling his decision, suggesting a hard-fought win in extra time or even penalties.
Sea Life spokeswoman Tanja Munzig said “It took Paul a really long time to make up his mind for the Argentina-Germany match,” “Even after he opened the Germany container it took him a while to go in and eat the clam.”
Munzig said, compared it with last week pick and said that “it took Paul only seconds to decide before the England match to go for the Germany container.” Even she added “That it took him so long to make up his mind suggests it’ll be a very tense match against Argentina that won’t be decided until the very end — maybe not even until penalties,”
The morsel of food is identical and the containers are arranged in the same order as FIFA. On Tuesday, Argentina container was on the left side, because the match was between Argentina-Germany. While last week England container was on the right side last week for the Germany-England match. “There are no tricks, the food is the same and everything in the two containers is the same except for the flags,” Munzig said.
Paul predicted Germany would be the victorious for the Wednesday’s match against Ghana. He sees a bright future for Germany.
In Germany, Paul is not only animal who predicting the outcome of World Cup games, according to the Der Speigel reports “the Chimnitz Zoo chooses a different animal to pick winners for each match, but they haven’t been nearly as successful as Paul.”
Paul The Octopus Photos:
Octopus Predicts German Win over Argentina Video from Youtube
Octopus Predicts Germany Win over England