Psychic Octopus Predicts World Cup Wins

German fans have turned to an unorthodox source for their World Cup predictions: a fortune-telling octopus named Paul.

The octopus, who resides in the Sea Life aquarium in Oberhausen, Germany, currently holds a 100% success rate in predicting the outcome of Germany’s matches in the 2010 World Cup. In order to consult the octopus oracle, two glass boxes containing mussels are lowered into Paul’s tank – each containing the flag of the competing teams. Whichever box he opens first is considered his prediction for the winning team. (He predicts a German win against Ghana today.) (UPDATE: He was right!)

Octopi are considered among the most intelligent species in the animal kingdom. However, as the octopus was born in an aquarium in England, it is unclear where Paul’s true loyalties lie.

What do you think – are animals psychic?

9 thoughts on “Psychic Octopus Predicts World Cup Wins

  1. iris1

    Wow what an amazing Octupus-I have a gut feeling that there will be another psychic one. They are extremely intelligent creatures and one of the few highly intelligent species that also has a short lifespan. They can quickly figure out how to escape from a glass aquarium into a box full of crabs-and here’s the clincher-go back int the aquarium and close the lid.

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  8. Jacqueline

    There is no doubt in my mind that animals are very intuitive, if not more than humans I have learned so much from animals just watching them, paying attention to them there is much to be learned.

    Just like animals have the ability to predict earth quakes.

    Blessings and Big Hugs!
    Jacqueline x9472


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