Tune in this Sunday to see if Paul the Octopus Oracle is correct in picking Spain the World Cup Champions. Personally I’ve never bought into fortune telling but I would consider having my fortune told by a cephalopod. This is an excerpt from an ESPN article on the Octo-Psychic:
Paul has achieved global fame after correctly predicting the results of all of Germany’s games at the tournament in South Africa. In order to harness his powers, his keepers at Sea Life Oberhausen present Paul with the choice of two glass boxes, both containing a mussel but each bearing the flag of a different country.
The odds of Paul correctly predicting Germany’s results so far are 1 in 64 and he proved correct once again when tipping Spain to beat Joachim Low’s side in the semi-final, which they duly did thanks to a header from Carles Puyol.
Many German fans were unhappy with Paul’s decision to plump for Spain and fearing a backlash, Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luiz Rodriguez Zapatero has joked he will offer state protection to Paul.
Zapatero said: “I am concerned for the octopus … I am thinking of sending him a protective team.”
Spanish environment and fisheries minister Elena Espinosa added: “On Monday, I shall be at the European Council of Ministers and I shall be asking for a [fishing] ban on Paul the octopus so the Germans do not eat him.”