Paul the Octopus: Where He Ranked Among History's Top Prognosticators
Paul the Octopus died today, and the sports world is mourning the loss of the creature that predicted the results of this summer's FIFA World Cup.
For those of you who aren't familiar with Paul, he was an octopus who correctly made eight out of eight picks for this year's World Cup, and he was one of the biggest stories of the summer.
Sadly, Paul was found dead in his tank in Oberhausen, Germany this morning, but he carved himself a little spot in sports history during his short life.
So, where does Paul the Octopus rank in the list of history's top prognosticators?
Read on to find out!
10. Adam Schefter
When ESPN reports breaking news, nine times out of ten it comes from Adam Schefter.
You want the latest on the Brett Favre scandal?
Schefter's on it.
You want to hear the most recent trade rumors?
Schefter has that info, too.
9. Any Meteorologist In San Diego, California
This has to be the easiest job in the world.
Doppler Radar? Who needs it?
These people can literally just roll out of bed and take a guess.
75 and sunny?
Sounds good to me!
8. Jimmy The Greek
Jimmy "The Greek" Snyder revolutionized sports gambling and points spreads for NFL games.
Jimmy had the ability to read teams (as well as people) and turn his observations into some serious cash.
7. Paul The Octopus
Paul the Octopus was able to accurately predict the outcome of this year's FIFA World Cup.
Paul was given two boxes with flags of countries on the outside of them, and he would climb inside one of the boxes.
Eight out of eight times, Paul picked a winner.
Not bad for a creature without a skeleton!
6. Lee Corso
Lee Corso might not be the most accurate of prognosticators, but he is always entertaining.
5. Warren Buffett
Warren Buffett made his fortune through a string of very smart investments.
Buffett invested in ABC, Berkshire Hathaway and General Electric.
He is the third wealthiest person in the world.
4. Bleacher Report Featured Columnists
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3. Miss Cleo
Whether or not you believe in psychics, you have to hand it to Miss Cleo.
Admit it. You called her once or twice back in the '90s!
Nostradamus wrote Les Propheties in the 16th century, in which he predicted many of the world's events such as the Great Fire of London, Adolf Hitler and his Nazi reign and even the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center.
1. Punxsutawney Phil
Punxsutawney Phil is the most famous rodent in the world. Every year on February 2, the entire country awaits Phil's arrival, anticipating whether or not the groundhog will see his shadow as he emerges from his hole.
If Phil sees his shadow and retreats back into his den, then the United States will have to suffer through six more weeks of winter, but if he does not see his shadow, spring is just around the corner.
That's right, folks. We, as Americans, rely on a rodent to predict our seasons.