World Cup 2010: Paul The Psychic Octopus Death Threat From Angry Germans

Daniel GoochAnalyst IJuly 8, 2010

Angry and sad German fans are blaming an octopus for their World Cup exit and are threatening to EAT HIM.

Paul is not a normal octopus. He is a psychic one. He has managed to predict every Germany game correctly throughout this year's tournament.

His home team has been knocked out, but Paul is still a winner.

After the eight-legged animal predicted Spain would beat Germany, their fans prayed that the cephalopod had made an uncharacteristic cock-up.

But now, even hardened critics of Paul must be thinking twice before dismissing his advice.

Paul became a world-wide celebrity after correctly predicting 100% of Germany's results. He predicted that they would beat Australia in their opening match, then lose to Serbia, and then beat Ghana. He also forecasted the German victories against England and Argentina.

He is such a star in his home country that German news channel n-tv, broadcasted Paul's Germany vs. Spain prediction live.

Paul lived up to the drama and made everyone bite their nails waiting for his answer. He initially moved towards the Spanish container, before moving over the tank, and hovering over the German box.

However, he eventually opted to eat the mussels in the Spanish box, horrifying the German football-lovers.

They cannot be too downhearted. They may be out of the World Cup, but they are home to the star of this year's tournament.

Germany is not the first country to make a threat towards the sea creature. After the quarter-final prediction where Paul correctly guessed Argentina would lose to Germany, the South Americans threatened to kill the octopus and put it in a paella.

An Argentinian newspaper, El Diaeven, printed this recipe for anyone daring to capture Paul:

"All you need is four normal potatoes, olive oil for taste and a little pepper."

German fans have now turned against Paul. On Berlin's "fan-mile", some sections of the crowd were singing anti-octopus songs.

There has been a number of comments on Facebook and Twitter suggesting Paul should be "fried, barbecued or turned into a seafood salad or paella." Others wanted to throw him into the shark tank.

He still has one more prediction for Germany. Will they come third or fourth? The decision is up to Paul.


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