German Psychic Octopus Predicts World Cup Winners!

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Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters

Paul, a two year-old octopus has a flawless record when it comes to predicting the winner of German World Cup matches.

An octopus at an aquarium in Germany is building a reputation as an accurate psychic, at least when it comes to picking the winner in World Cup matches.

Paul the octopus lives in Sea Life aquarium in Oberhausen, Germany. He has been predicting the winner in Germany’s soccer matches since at least 2008, when he chose the winner of the German games in the European Championship. At that time, he had an over 80% success rate. But when it comes to predicting the outcome of the 2010 German World Cup games, his record is flawless.

Paul’s method for picking the winning team involves two glass boxes filled with treats — mussels are his preferred snack — and the flag of each team. The box Paul opens first is deemed the winner.

Paul sees a bright future for Germany. For Wednesday’s match against Ghana, he predicts Germany will be victorious.

Paul is not the only animal predicting the outcome of World Cup games in Germany. Der Speigel reports that the Chimnitz Zoo chooses a different animal to pick winners for each match, but they haven’t been nearly as successful as Paul.

With files from Agence-France Presse

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