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Paul the Octopus

An octopus who could correctly predict the outcome of soccer matches.

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I shall not name my son Paul!!!

  • Oct 27, 2010
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Octopus, where I'm concerned, is only good as food :p
Now that I've said that... Paul the Octopus, well the name Paul reminded me of this guy in our university who gel up his hair and always walked in late into the lectures in the middle of winter dressed up in white! Silly guy, everyone knows him. He thought of himself as Prince Charming, nonetheless. In Chinese, there is a term known as "白马王子", which literally translates to Prince on white horse, I presume. Now, this classmate of ours drove a BMW to school, back then (& I don't mean this decade). Enough of Paul...

Personally, I don't fancy the name Paul. As for Octopus as food, great as a cold dish, especially in Japanese cuisine ;-)



Paul the Octopus has to be the most famous octopus on planet Earth, especially in 2010. What's this preoccupation with predicting the future? Other than for those who'd make lots of money out of it, predicting the World Cup results must be a major concern for football fans. Now that football is over, Paul has also left the world. Afterall, "he's" some 2+ year old, quite an old "man"! So, now what? The Spanish is going to pay a tribute to this chap? Funny, very funny!!! What's this world coming to, really? We've people who died in earthquakes, tsunamis and accidents. A tribute to an octopus? That's overdoing it, is it not? That's where at times I cannot relate with the world we are living now... what's the value system? No wonder the world can never stop warfares! Clearly, somewhere, someone has a detachment from reality; reality is afterall different for different people due to circumstances and life experiences.

To be fair, it's quite a feat to have that accuracy, even I must admit that. So, cheers to Paul the Octopus for "his" vision. Other than that, let's get on with life... there's more important thing to think about and to waste time on. Me inclusive! Enough said :p
I shall not name my son Paul!!!

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November 01, 2010
Eeep, harsh! :P Yeah, there's always likely to be a better cause to be championed or something more deserving of a tribute, but once in a while, we need some off beat stuff in our lives like this.  Have you read @RyanWeiss' tribute to OctoPaul?  Might make you shed a tear ;)  Thanks for sharing!
 
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For those of you who don't know, Paul the Octopus was an oracle that not only inspired millions around the world this past summer, but put a little hope in the eyes of the soccer teams he would pick to win. In any case like this where an animal has the ability to woo over millions of people, its usually an elephant painting for charity or a dog riding a skateboard, but its rare that we see an animal able to correctly predict the outcome of World Cup matches.      Of the 8 …
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Paul the Octopus was a common octopus from Weymouth, England who lived in a tank at a Sea Life Centre in Oberhausen, Germany. Paul became internationally famous for correctly predicting the winner of Germany's seven matches at the 2010 World Cup, as well as the final. He died on 26 October 2010.

Paul's predictions were designed so that he was presented with two boxes containing food in the form of a mussel, each box marked on the outside with the flag of a national football team in an upcoming match. The first mussel Paul ate in a box showing a particular flag indicated his prediction of who would win in four of Germany's six Euro 2008 matches, and in all seven of their matches in the 2010 World Cup. He correctly selected a win for Spain against the Netherlands in the World Cup final on 11 July by eating the mussel in the box with the Spanish flag on it. His "predictions" were 100% (8/8) correct for the 2010 World Cup and 86% (12/14) correct overall. Paul was retired after the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The keeper at the aquarium claims that Paul was not the same octopus that predicted the results for the 2008 UEFA European Football Championships.
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Birth Date: January 2008
Birth Place: Weymouth, England, or in the waters off Elba, Tuscany, Italy
Gender: Male

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