Paul, the Psychic Octopus

Paul the Octopus was a sensation and overnight became an international celebrity. Italy claims that Paul the psychic owes its origin to Italian waters in the island of Elba, the Germans want it on their plate and Dutch priests are trying to cast off its prowess it but above all it is the Spanish who wanted to shelter it and was ready to spend $38,000 for it, stole the maximum attention. Every game analyst, Psychics and even a few more Octopuses worship Paul the psychic as their idol and wish to be just like it, which created a global sensation by 100% accurate prediction in the World Cup 2010.

Paul was caught on January 2008 at Sea Life Centre in Oberhausen, Germany. His Name originated from the title of a German Poem Der Tintenfisch (Paul Oktopus) written by Boy Lornsen. Paul was marked to be an oracle during UEFA 2008 tournament and has now retired after 2010 World Cup. The PETA raised its voice against its confinement but Sea life centers, opposed the issue and declared it would be pretty difficult for Paul to find food for itself, since it is accustomed to living in servitude and captivity.

Paul played the role of successful oracle in Germany’s four out of six matches in Euro 2008. He was precise in 2010 World Cup by predicting all seven matches for Germany including the quarter final where Germany tore apart Argentina’s defense by a shocking four goal lead. However the real shock came later, when Paul started anticipating some of the most unpredictable matches like Germany’s defeat by Spain and then Spain’s victory over Netherlands in the final. Germans were fuming with Paul the psychic, for betraying the German cause and have threatened to eat him. Nevertheless, Paul the octopus has managed to compensate by allotting Germany the third position in FIFA world cup 2010

If you are a football maniac but little rational at the same time, the obvious question is, ’How does eight legs predict? During the assessment, Paul was given two food boxes containing mussels. Each of them was marked with the flag of National Football teams, playing the upcoming match. Usually he chose one out of them, and that team was found to be the winner. This evaluation process is definitely not based on its football expertise rather on foods offered, respective team’s flags or chemical imbalance in the water. The species Octopus is color blind but capable of distinguishing size, shape and brightness. With the chemoreceptor in its tentacles, it can recognize minor chemical difference in the box’s surface as well. The German flag consisting of tricolors black, red and gold is the one Paul likes the best and therefore picked it up mostly, however Spanish flag with yellow stripes on it was even brighter than the German Flag and therefore he chose it over Germany’s in the semifinals. Paul is also found to be little bias with the box usually kept in his righter side and chose the right one in almost all the cases.

Paul the psychic octopus’s days are numbered and may be unavailable in the Euro Cup 2012. The reason being it’s life span of two years. No need to worry, there are other psychics standing by like the Psychic Crocodile in Australia and Psychic parrot in Singapore who might hit the headlines in the near future.

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