Skip to comments.Psychic Octopus Search Undertaken By German Aquarium
Posted on 06/25/2011 11:45:02 PM PDT by shibumi
It's not every day you meet a psychic octopus like the one that predicted eight World Cup wins in a row last summer, but that isn't stopping a German aquarium chain from trying.
In honor of the Women's World Cup, which begins June 26 in Sinsheim, Germany, the Sea Life aquarium chain is looking for the next incarnation of Paul, the octopus who amazed the world by correctly predicting the results of Germanys matches in the 2010 World Cup, according to TheLocal.de.
Each of the countrys eight aquariums will have one of its octopuses predict the competitions results by picking a mussel to eat from one of two containers with the competing countries flags, just as Paul did. The cephalopod with the most correct predictions will be officially deemed Pauls successor, but that lucky octopus will have big shoes to feel.
Last summer, Paul went an incredible eight for eight, predicting all of Germany's wins and its lost to Spain in the finals, an incredible feat for a human and even more amazing for a seemingly non-sentient sea creature.
As a result, Paul became, perhaps, the most memorable figure from the 2010 World Cup. In the process, he attracted thousands of people to his aquarium in Oberhausen, Germany, as well as death threats from soccer fans angry about his predictions, and inspired songs and even a documentary, The LIfe And Times Of Paul The Octopus, before he died last Oct. 26 at the age of 2 years, 8 months. "If you look back on how octopuses have been treated throughout history, Paul was truly the first friendly one," said filmmaker Alexandre Philippe, who is looking to release his documentary later this year. .....
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Cephalopod Kickball Ping
If a thousand monkeys........
Psychic my eye!
Even the most unlikely odds come up occasionally, else no one would play slot machines.
“Paul” got lucky, not likely to occur again for a LONG time.
The octopus has nine brains.
The Men Who Stare At Octopi?
The Men Who Knock Up Octomoms?
There has to six degrees of separation somewhere.
There’s a one in 256 chance of correctly guessing the outcome of each match.
The aquarium just needs to get 256 octopi... then there would be a fair chance of one of them getting everything right... and another getting everything wrong.
The real challenge will be to find an octopus who cares enough to bother making a prediction.
See, this is where that line between being a sports fan and being a complete moron gets crossed...
Now that would be a sight.
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