UnNews:Psychic Octopus to be offered new identity if Spain lose World Cup final
8 July 2010
The octopus's amazing ability to always pick the winner of a game has now got him hot water with Spanish fans who believe he will be biased against them. Paul's method of working out who will win a game by climbing into the right box with a nation's flag attached and then dining on the mussels inside has so far been 100% accurate this year. He has predicted the results of all of Germany's games in the World Cup by accurately choosing a Spanish flagged box of mussels in preference to a German one for the semi final was shown to have been correct. The German coach Joachim Löw is said to have called the octopus a schweinkraken when he got this accurate prediction.
"We don't know how Paul does it," said a spokesman for the Aquarium in Oberhausen where Paul now currently resides. "When you think we watch TV shows that have various experts trying to predict a result, Paul just uses his octopus brain to work out which box has the best tasting mussels in it today. And he has been accurate every time".
But now the Mystic Meg of molluscs who was originally hatched in Britain before moving to Germany for health reasons has received death threats in the shape of decapitated shrimps sent to him from Spain. Extreme fans of the Spanish team have warned Paul that if he doesn't chose the 'correct box of mussels' (i.e. one with the Spanish flag attached on it) then they say they will 'scoop him out of his bowl', cut off his tentacles sliced off and will the the remains in a paella as a warning for all future octopuses looking for a new career as sporting pundits.
In response, the German government have offered Paul a new identity if he so choses to avoid this culinary fate. Even the German chancellor Angela Merkel has got involved and has post a division of the German army to be deployed around Oberhausen to prevent any attempt to 'nobble' Paul when he is expected to make his next match result prediction for the final on Sunday.
In a separate development, Nike are offering Paul a job after the World Cup. The sportswear company says it will use him the next time they want to highlight the next crop of supposed superstars. Their advert which showed Wayne Rooney, Kaka and Lionel Messi scoring wonder goals has been widely ridiculed as all of them flopped at the World Cup. The company believes Paul will be lot cheaper and far more accurate identifying new sporting heroes of the future.
- Staff "Paul the Psychic Octopus" Economic Times, 07 08, 2010