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Paul the Psychic Octopus

If you're following World Cup 2010 buzz, you'd have heard about Paul the psychic octopus. I came across an interesting article: "World Cup 2010: 10 things you didn't know about Paul the psychic octopus".

Here are the 10 things.
Note: To read the full article, kindly click on the link above.

1. He's originally from Weymouth
Although he now resides at the Aquarium Sea Life Centre in Oberhausen, Germany, Paul was actually born in Weymouth and moved from the town's Sea Life Park in 2006.

2. He's a wanted man
Argentine chef Nicolas Bedorrou was so angry after Paul correctly predicted his team would lose its quarter-final clash with Germany that he suggested a way to cook the octopus.

3. He's big news
Paul's predictions have gained so much popularity that German news channel NTV has started to broadcast his predictions live, with two reporters situated next to his tank so they can bring their viewers all the latest goings on.

4. He's the biggest celebrity in Oberhausen
Having wowed the world's media with his predictions, Paul has put the mundane Germany city of Oberhausen on the map.

5. He's got a good track record
Paul began to predict Germany's results during the Euro 2008 tournament, correctly choosing the winner in four of Germany's six matches. He predicted Germany to win every match but was wrong when they lost to Croatia and in the final to Spain.

6. He could have made you a packet
Having correctly tipped the winner of Germany's five World Cup matches, backing Paul's tips could have netted you a few squid (sorry).

7. He's an intelligent creature
Octopuses are highly intelligent animals and have been proven to have a strong short and long-term memory. Fiona Smith, head of animal care at Weymouth Sea Life Park said: "Common octopuses like Paul are very intelligent. We equate their intelligence with that of a dog and they love problem solving and figuring things out."

8. He's a Twitter and Facebook sensation

Paul has become an online phenomenon over recent weeks and is now one of the most talked about topics on the web. The phrases "Paul the Octopus" and "Pulpo", the Spanish word for octopus, are both currently in the top 10 global trends on Twitter.

9. He doesn't cheat

Paul predicts results by opening one of the two flag-covered plastic food containers in his tank. Tanja Munzig from the Sea Life Centre in Oberhausen said: "There are no tricks, the food is the same and everything in the two containers is the same except for the flags."

10. He's not scared of death threats
According to his keeper, Oliver Walenciak, Paul is unfazed by a series of death threats sent by Argentinian supporters who blame the octopus for their World Cup exit. He said: "There are always people who want to eat our octopus but he is not shy and we are here to protect him as well. He will survive."

Here's a video that shows how Paul the Octopus correctly predicted that Spain will win the World Cup 2010 semifinal match against Germany.

Seriously, I don't know what to believe now. :P


  1. hard to believe..but so far it's true. Better ask paul whether germany or uruguay win third place ^^
    nice post

  2. Hi Rezz@, thanks for dropping by. Yeah, perhaps can ask Paul to predict whether Germany will get no. 3 or 4. :P