Germans demand killing of octopus Paul after WC semi-final defeat

After Germany's heartbreaking 1-0 defeat to Spain in the World Cup semi-final, angry German fans are calling to kill Paul, the psychic octopus, who had predicted that Spain would win the do-or-die clash.


An Octopus in Germany is stunning soccer fans around the world with his remarkable ability to predict the outcome of German World Cup games.

German fans had been praying that the two-year-old octopus, who was born in Britain and later moved to the German aquarium in Oberhausen, had made a mistake when he chose the Spaniards to triumph.

Some sections of the crowd were also singing anti-octopus songs.


According to a local newspaper, there have been "a host of comments on Facebook, Twitter ... suggesting Paul should be fried, barbecued or turned into a seafood salad or paella".

"Others wanted to throw him into the shark tank," The Sydney Morning Herald quoted the paper, as having written on its website.

Major predictions, which came true in this World Cup, have been in the Germany-England Round of 16 clash and Germany-Argentina quarterfinal game. Paul had chosen Germany's flag on both the occasions.

If the eight-limbed oracle survives the threats, the fans would be thinking twice about dismissing his advice in future.


Paul the “psychic” octopus has a rival.

A Singapore parakeet which correctly predicted all four winners in the World Cup quarter-finals has picked the Netherlands to trump Spain for the championship, local media said Friday.




The bird, named Mani, has rapidly gained cult status among gambling-mad soccer fans who have been flocking to its owner’s shop in Singapore’s Little India district in the hope of winning big.

Local media reports said Mani used its beak to pick a card bearing the flag of the Netherlands over one with Spain’s national colours.

“With the World Cup in its final stage, Mani is now literally the talk of the town — and many are going with its prediction of the Dutch team winning its first-ever World Cup title,” Channel NewsAsia said on its website.

It said Mani and its owner, astrologer M. Muniyappan, used to see about 10 customers on an average day but now they entertain the same number in just one hour.

Dubbed “magical bird” and “homegrown psychic parakeet” by the local media, Mani accurately predicted the outcome of the game in which Spain won over Germany to set the showdown with the Netherlands, which beat Paraguay.


 

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