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Paul the Oracle Octopus

Filed under: Celebrities,Honors,International News,Natural Wonders,News of the Weird World — Tags: , — Positronic Dave @ 3:55 pm July 12, 2010

One of the most bizzare, yet awesome stories to come from World Cup 2010 is that of Paul, the Oracle Octopus, the “Jimmy the Greek” of the cephalopod set, the octopus with it’s eyes clearly set well into the future.

Paul, the Oracle octopus made an amazing 8 out of 8 picks regarding who would win in World Cup Play, making his the most famous mollusk since… since… hmmm, what was the last famous octopus we knew of? Squiddly Diddly, probably… check out this video and let me know what you think:

Now, whereas any mere, normal octopus might heavily favor their native land (in Paul’s case, he lives in an aquarium in Germany) Paul, the Oracle Octopus makes no false claims, no faux-future calls based only on crude nationalism. No, Paul picked the teams that pulled at his tentacles, regardless of the cost.

When it came down to Spain vs Germany in the final, Paul picked Spain, just as accurately as he picked the other winners in seven previous matches. How he did it was like this: Paul would be presented with food boxes, covered with the flags of the competing teams. Which ever box drew his tentacle to him was declared the prognosticated dinner… uh, I mean “winner.” True to form, Paul the Oracle Octopus picked Spain, who, as we all know, carried the World Cup trophy home with them, the first time they have won.

Now the controversy starts. Businessmen in Spain want to buy him for close to $40,000 dollars. Italy claims Paul was caught in Italian waters and therefore, belongs to them. Priests in The Netherlands want to “disprove him.” Pat Robertson hasn’t weighed in yet (in fact he’s been pretty quiet since his Haiti remarks) but if he does, look for the word “Satan” to get thrown around liberally.

But germany maintains that Paul the Oracle octopus is coming home to the Sea Life Aquarium, located in the tentacle-friendly local of Oberhausen, where he will live the octopus version of the good and quiet life. No more the harsh glare of the media lights; no longer made to perform 9and often show-up) sports predictors who must have found themselves feeling “short handed” by this Nostradamus of the Sea World set.

No, it’s time for Paul the Oracle Octopus to be allowed to fade into the shadows. Octopi like that.

Paris Hilton- Squeaky Clean in South Africa

Filed under: Celebrities,drugs,Legal — Tags: , , — Positronic Dave @ 2:15 am July 3, 2010

Forget that The Netherlands beats Brazil in what fans call a major upset; never mind that the finals might very well be a Battle of the Guays

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