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Paul goes for Spain
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Oberhausen, Germany
Oberhausen, Germany

Dutch octopus challenges German colleague's prediction

Published on : 9 July 2010 - 1:22pm | By Rob Kievit (NOS screenshot)
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So a German octopus is predicting that the Dutch will lose the World Cup final on Sunday? Don't bank on it. Octopus Paul in the Oberhausen zoo now has a fierce competitor, or should that be competitress, in octopus Pauline. She lives in the Sea Life aquarium in the Dutch resort of Scheveningen.

On Friday Pauline was presented with two containers holding her favourite mussels, one labelled with the Spanish flag and the other with the red, white and blue of the Netherlands. She blithely ignored the Spanish mussels and went for the Dutch molluscs straightahead. "The Netherlands will be world champion," a Sea Life spokeswoman confidently announced.

Pig and parakeet
It appears that the negative prediction of eight-armed German Paul is far outweighed by other animal soothsayers. Muniyappan, a clairvoyant in Singapore asked his parakeet what the outcome of Sunday's match will be, and Mani's answer was a tap with the beak on a card showing the Dutch tricolour, dialy AD wrote on Friday. And the Spits daily traced an omniscient pig by the name of Rozijntje (Raisin) which was given two buckets, each containing one sandwich. The Dutch sandwich was eaten first, but apparently still hungry, Rozijntje also ate the Spanish one.

Malice aforethought
Meanwhile, after Paul's correct prediction that Germany would lose to Spain, the German media abound with suggestions for how to deal with the oracle octopus, mostly in the shape of cooking recipes. He could have seen it coming, couldn't he?


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jasmin 11 July 2010 - 2:58pm / India

Now we have another psychic animal predicting the WC result- Nandi the bull from Bhopal, India as shown on the national television. Two boxes having flags of the Netherlands and Spain were placed on two wooden boxes. Nandi was asked to predict. The bull went around the boxes thrice as people around cheered. The bull then stopped before the box having the Dutch flag, and took out the flag with his teeth. So the Dutch win tonight. In Indian scriptures, Nandi, the bull is the mythical vehicle of Lord Shiva, and so every temple of Lord Shiva has the statue of bull who is revered by people. I too am a follower of Lord Shiva, and so this prediction assumes significance for me. Lord Shiva blesses Oranje to win the match and World Cup final today.

David Berridge 9 July 2010 - 10:26pm / Canada

I'm going with Paul all the way!! It is more than disappointing for me to see Germany lose out for the final, so live and learn!!

jasmin 9 July 2010 - 2:05pm / India

So now three- the parrot, the pig and the octopusina are predicting Dutch victory. Hey, why don't you introduce Paul to Pauline. The female octopus will make the male octopus eat the Dutch morsel a token of love...;)...and then there will be four, who predict Dutch victory!

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