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    World Cup 2010 - Octopus Paul backs Spain to lift trophy

    German's oracle octopus Paul picked Spain to beat the Netherlands in the World Cup final in a live television broadcast watched across Europe.



    The two-year-old celebrity octopus, who has accurately picked the outcome of all six of Germany's World Cup matches so far, quickly tipped Spain to beat the Netherlands.

    It took him only three minutes to make up his mind.

    "That was fast - it looks like a clear-cut victory for Spain," said Tanja Munzig, spokeswoman for Sea Life in Oberhausen.

    She was surprised by his speed in picking Spain. For some matches it took Paul 70 minutes to decide.

    The octopus, considered by some to be the most intelligent of all invertebrates, got the choice of picking food from two different transparent containers lowered into his tank - one with a Dutch flag on it and one with Spain's flag.

    Reaction in Spain was swift, with the country's biggest selling sports daily website Marca.com running the headline: "The octopus Paul makes us champions".

    The container Paul opens first is regarded as his pick. On Friday he wasted no time in diving for the container on the right side with the Spanish flag on it.

    Two German television networks interrupted their programming for live coverage of the two-year-old celebrity octopus's picks.

    Networks in Spain, the Netherlands and elsewhere in Europe also broadcast Paul's decision live.

    Earlier on Friday, Germans heaved a sigh of relief when Paul tipped Germany to beat Uruguay in the World Cup match for third place. There were cheers in offices across Germany after crowds of viewers tuned in to watch Paul live.

    Normally he only picks Germany matches. But for the final Sea Life made an exception.

    The octopus in Oberhausen turned into a global celebrity for correctly picking the winners of all six of Germany's World Cup matches - including their two defeats to Serbia and Spain.

    On Friday Paul first settled on top of the Germany container but after a few minutes shifted to the Uruguay container.

    Then after about 15 minutes he went back to Germany container, quickly opened the lid and ate the morsel of food inside.

    Not an ordinarily superstitious people, Germans have become believers in Paul's possible psychic powers.

    The country was shocked and distraught when he picked Spain to beat Germany after tipping German wins over Argentina, England, Ghana and Australia.

    Paul's selections have become top news across Germany and around the world. Some commentators even wondered aloud whether his improbable winning streak might have begun to influence some of the more superstitious players.

    But after Paul accurately picked Spain to beat Germany in the semi-final, some Germans called for a public roasting of the oracle octopus. Newspapers and websites were filled with suggestions on how to cook and eat him.

    Officials at Sea Life in Oberhausen have installed extra security to protect their octopus.

    "Paul is in safe hands with us," said Munzig.

    Spain's Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero was quoted in Spanish media reports saying - in jest - he was concerned about Paul's safety.

    "I am concerned for the octopus...I am thinking of sending him a protective team," Zapatero said.

    Spain's Environment and Fisheries Minister Elena Espinosa also said: "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 Germans do not eat him."

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    Default Paul The Octopus Predicts Germany Vs Uruguay-Germany Win


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    Octopus Paul backs Spain to lift trophy

    I thought it was evident! Everybody knows that Spain will lift the trophy, it does not require a prediction =)
    "You have evolved from worm to man, but much
    within you is still worm. Once you were apes, yet even now man is more

    of an ape than any of the apes"- Nietzche

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    All Hail the English Octopus Paul.LOl
    I am gonna check if he can pick my Lottery numbers?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SONYAh! View Post

    Octopus Paul backs Spain to lift trophy

    I thought it was evident! Everybody knows that Spain will lift the trophy, it does not require a prediction =)
    You are happy now !! right ?
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    I heard today that a cow in Hrajel is predicting the winner in the wolrd cup too.
    It is a vogue.
    Je défendrai mes opinions jusqu'à ma mort, mais je donnerai ma vie pour que vous puissiez défendre les vôtres.

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    World Cup 2010 - Octopus Paul retires

    One of the stars of the 2010 World Cup has announced his shock retirement after a flawless tournament - Paul the Octopus



    The psychic cephalopod became a global sensation by correctly predicting the result of every Germany game at the World Cup. He signed off with a perfect eight out of eight record by picking Spain to beat the Netherlands in the final.

    A spokesman for the German aquarium where he is kept said Paul would: "Go into retirement and do what he likes to do best: play with his handlers and delight children who come to visit him."

    Paul, who was born in Weymouth but lives at Sea Life in Oberhausen, Germany, became a talisman for gamblers, with bookmakers William Hill claiming the octopus's forecasts cost them £500,000 as punters flocked to follow his advice.

    Before each match, his keepers would lower a plastic container with two compartments - one for each team - into Paul's tank. A clam was placed into each compartment, and the clam he ate first represented his prediction.

    He correctly backed Germany to beat Australia Ghana, England, Argentina and Uruguay, but lose to Serbia and Spain, then nailed the result of the final. A £10 accumulator on all eight results would have won around £2,000.

    Two years ago, Paul predicted five of Germany's six results at Euro 2008 correctly, but slipped up when picking the Germans to win the final. They lost 1-0.

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