Germans had hoped that their eight-appendaged predictor, Paul the Octopus, had finally picked the wrong team when he chose Spain over Germany in the 2010 World Cup semi-finals game earlier this week. But Paul the Octopus was not to be denied and, for the second time during the 2010 World Cup competition, his choice of another team over the team from his homeland of Germany proved correct. Paul’s record would stay at 100 percent. Spain would win and go on to the World Cup Final. Germany would go home. And since Paul the “psychic” octopus had picked every game in the 2010 World Cup thus far correctly, his handlers decided, according to World Cup Blog, to let it have a shot at the World Cup Final between Spain and the Netherlands.
It is believed to be Paul the Octopus’ first attempt at predicting a game where Germany is not a participant.
Just as they had with the semi-final prediction, Paul the Octopus’ owners at Sea Life Aquarium in Oberhausen, Germany, allowed reporters to observe and videotape the prediction. Paul didn’t seem to waste any time descending from the side of his tank onto the twin jars that held a single mussel in each. The only difference in the jars was stamps of the national flags of Spain and the Netherlands. Paul dropped onto the jar with the Spanish flag without hesitation, opened the jar, and scooped up the mussel, thereby “choosing” Spain as the World Cup Final winner.
Paul made it look like a no-brainer.
Paul the Octopus has acquired somewhat of a reputation in the past few years, having amassed a 70 percent record during the European Championships in 2008. In that competition, the cephalopod chose Germany over Spain. Germany lost. Paul didn’t make that mistake a second time, choosing Spain to defeat Germany in the World Cup semi-final game. It was the second time during World Cup competition that the octopus had chosen another team to win (he correctly chose Serbia to beat Germany in an earlier round).
If leaving the prognosticating of a winner of the 2010 World Cup Final game to the whimsy (instinct?) of Paul the octopus seems a bit much, it seems that Las Vegas oddsmakers are in agreement with the aquatic oracle. Bodog.com reported Friday that Spain enjoys 1/2 odds, which is slightly better than the Netherlands odds of winning, which are 3/2. (Note: odds are subject to change.)
The 2010 World Cup Final game will be televised live on ABC Television on July 11, 2010 at 2:30 p.m. EST.
Watch as Paul the “psychic” Octopus “predicts” the winner of the 2010 World Cup Final.
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