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Have you seen Paul, the octopus?

  1. Mina Member with a "past"

    It's an octopus that predicts world-cup matches..loooooooool. Watch:

  2. Mina Member with a "past"

    The mollusc oracle, who stunned Germany by tipping Spain in the semi-final - spot-on as it turned out - will on Friday make his prediction for the third-place Germany match with Uruguay, a spokesman for his aquarium said.

    It comes as the Spanish government called for the soccer soothsayer to be placed under protection after German threats to eat him.

    Paul's handlers will follow the now familiar routine. Two boxes will be lowered into his tank, each containing a tasty morsel of food and the flags of the opposing teams.

    Whichever box Paul wrenches open is adjudged to be the winner.

    Afterwards, Paul will be offered boxes with Spanish and Dutch flags, the two teams in Sunday's showcase final, but only if he is deemed not too tired and still hungry, the spokesman said.

    "We do not want to overburden him," the spokesman said.

    The eight-legged oracle forecast German wins over Australia, Argentina, England and Ghana. Proving he is not just attracted to the German flag, he also correctly predicted losses to Serbia and Spain, the latter live on national TV.

    But as many World Cup stars have discovered in South Africa, the footballing gods can quickly snatch fame and favour away.

    Bitterness at Germany's 1-0 defeat to Spain turned to anger with some sections of the 350,000-strong crowd in Berlin insulting both Paul and his mother.

    Even crueller, some fans have begun posting recipes on the internet, believing that Paul's reward for his clairvoyant powers should be a meeting with the barbecue or the paella pot.

    In Spain, the government has expressed concern for the future wellbeing of Paul, worried the Germans may take some kind of revenge for their exit on the mollusc medium.

    "I am concerned for the octopus ... I am thinking of sending him a protective team," joked Prime Minister Jose Luiz Rodriguez Zapatero on Radio Cadena Ser.

    Environment and Fisheries Minister Elena Espinosa suggested there be a moratorium on going after Paul.

    "On Monday, I shall be at the European Council of Ministers and I shall be asking for a ban on Paul the octopus so the Germans do not eat him!"

    Even ahead of the match Spanish Industry Minister Miguel Sebastian called for the creature to be given an "immediate" free transfer to Spain to "ensure his protection".
  3. Arben The Flag Lover


    had to laugh hard on that rofl!!! and his mother...
  4. Eurovizz Member

    Poor cute Paul, those stupid Germans hahaha

    Anyway, woke up now and just read Paul's prediction: Spain (vs. Holland) and Germany (vs. Uruguay)
  5. Mina Member with a "past"

    Paul's final prediction :D


  6. Mina Member with a "past"

    Since Paul is an international celebrity of the highest order now, everyone wants a piece of him - both literally and figuratively. Italy is trying to claim that he was caught in Italian waters, Spanish businessmen are trying to buy him for €30,000 ($38,000), and Dutch priests tried to dismiss him.

    But in Spain, Paul is an icon. The Spanish prime minister has already spoken of his desire to protect "Pulpo Paul" and the mock up of a new version of Spain's flag could be dangerously close to becoming real.
    :P
  7. Jonny Ginger Tory Witch

    Ahem.

    "1. He's originally from Weymouth

    Although he now resides at the Aquarium Sea Life Centre in Oberhausen, Germany, Paul was actually born in Weymouth and moved from the town's Sea Life Park in 2006. "
  8. Eurovizz Member

    puhleaaaaaaaaaaaase you horsham :D
  9. digifreak BRUNO

    After predicting the German loss I believe that this was the last time that Paul was seen...

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