How quickly the Germans turn on their sea life! After Paul the psychic octopus correctly predicted that Germany would lose to Spain in the World Cup, German newspapers are calling for his head, reported Reuters: “Throw him in the frying pan,” wrote the Berliner Kurier newspaper, “in a popular sentiment echoed by Die Welt, Sueddeutsche Zeitung, the Hamburger Abendblatt and other newspapers.” They even interviewed a woman who worked at a fish stall in Berlin who offered advice on how best to cook him: “Nothing beats grilled octopus,” she said.
Paul the Octopus – True Match Prediction
Paul the Octopus (26 January 2008 – 26 October 2010) was a common octopus used to predict the results of association football matches. Accurate predictions in the 2010 World Cup brought him worldwide attention as an animal oracle. … He also correctly chose Spain as the winner of the 2010 FIFA World Cup final.
So long, suckers! Japan mourns killing of World Cup psychic octopus
While others thought murder too strong a word for the fisherman’s actions, one agreed that dispatching Rabio was bad karma: “This will be the curse of the Octopus and they won’t win the WC for another century!”
Rabio had proved the perfect pundit after being caught off the coast of Obira in northern Japan shortly before the Samurai Blue pulled off a shock 2-1 win over Colombia.
After being placed in a plastic pool by Kimio Abe, who caught him, Rabio moved stealthily towards one of three boxes representing a win for Japan, a loss, and a draw, and duly predicted the team’s win over Colombia, its draw with Senegal and defeat to Poland.