THE FOUR-YEAR-OLD common octopus made his final World Cup predictions on Friday morning, picking Spain to win the 2010 World Cup and Germany to take third place.
Paul, who lives at the Sea Life aquarium in Oberhausen, Germany, is famous for accurately predicting the results of 11 out of Germany’s last 12 games, including all of the country’s World Cup matches. That’s a success rate of 91.7%, better than most sports analysts.
Before each game, keepers place two boxes in his tank. Each box has a mussel and a miniature flag representing one of the two nations playing. Whichever box Paul eats from first is supposed to be his chosen winner.
He’s messed up only once, when he picked Germany to beat Spain in the Euro 2008 final. We’ll have to wait until Sunday to see if he gets the big one right.
Check out the eight-armed oracle making his picks in this video:
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