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Octopus Paul picks Spain to win final
July 10th, 2010 1:16AM

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TAGS:  germany, netherlands, spain, world cup

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[PREDICTIONS] Having already successfully predicted the winner of six World Cup matches so far, Octopus Paul, the wiggly mollusk from Germany's Oberhausen Sea Life aquarium, was the center of attention when it came time to make his final picks. With millions on television in Europe and Asia watching, the "Oracle of Oberhausen" picked Spain to defeat the Netherlands in the final and Germany to beat Uruguay in the third-place game.

The octopus became an international celebrity for his ability to pick the winner of Germany's matches. One Octopus Paul Facebook page has almost 90,000 fans. Another Facebook page was named "Paul the Octopus for FIFA president."

“Paul is such a professional oracle," said Stefan Porwoll, the Sea Life manager. “He doesn’t even care that hundreds of journalists are watching and commenting on every move he makes. We’re so proud of him.”

The octopus chooses a mussel from one of two glass tanks marked with the flags of the competing teams.

Many German fans don't think so highly of the octopus. Sea Life security guards are on the lookout for fans seeking revenge for his prediction that Germany would lose to Spain in the semifinals.



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  1. Gus Keri
    commented on: July 10, 2010 at 8:45 a.m.
    The octopus, the elephants and the seals presicted Spain. The parakeet and the FIFA simulation predicted Holland. The result is 3-2 for Spain.

  1. Christopher Holden
    commented on: July 11, 2010 at 2:12 a.m.
    The referee, Webb, predicted Spain would win the World Cup back in 2008 after the Euro Championship ... now he gets to ref the final game. I wonder how he will call it?


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