Octopus Correctly Predicts Germany
We’ve written about some impressive octopi, including one that enjoys tackling a Rubik’s Cube and another that builds a mobile home out of coconut shells. But Paul the “psychic” octopus may be among the most beloved cephalopods yet. The 2-year-old mollusk oracle—which lives in Germany but was born in England—has correctly predicted the outcomes of all three of Germany’s World Cup matches so far, and has chosen Germany as the victor over England in tomorrow’s game. UPDATE 7/7: Paul chooses Spain over Germany in Wednesday's match.
Skeptics might scoff, but Paul is three for three so far. He foresaw the German trouncing of Australia on June 13, Der Spiegel reports, and a few days later—bucking the bookies—he called Serbia's upset over Germany. He also correctly picked a mussel from the German cube when his adopted country’s team beat Ghana on June 23.