Wednesday, July 07, 2010

10 Facts about Paul, The Octopus Oracle

1. British-born male octopus
Although now living in the Aquarium Sea Life Centre, Oberhausen, Germany, Paul was born in Weymouth, England and moved from the Weymouth Sea Life Park (to Germany) in 2006.
A staff at Weymouth Sea Life Park, Fiona Smith, who never take care Paul says, "He never made any predictions when it's still here. But, maybe he was waiting for a big tournament like the World Cup to show that ability."

2. Humans hunted
An Argentine chef, Nicolas Bedorrou, so angry when Paul accurately predicted that his country teams will be defeated Germany in the quarterfinal World Cup 2010 South Africa. He even threatened to hunt for Paul to be cooked.
"We will chase and place them on paper. We'll then beat her to make the meat tender and then put it in boiling water," said Bedorrou.

3. Great news
Prediction Paul has invited the attention of many people because a German television station, NTV began diligently to broadcast games directly predicted Paul, with two reporters standing next to the tank so they can make the audience know how Paul make predictions.

4. The biggest celebrity in Oberhausen
Paul is the most popular thing in Oberhausen, a city, which according to Wikipedia, an area of 77 square kilometers and a population of 214 000 inhabitants. During this time, the city was only known for having the largest shopping centers in Germany, the Centro.

5. An almost perfect prediction accuracy
Paul began to predict the outcome of the game since Euro 2008 Switzerland-Austria and Germany he was predicting six games, with four of them right. He said Germany would win all the matches. In fact, Germany lost to Croatia.

Last prediction Germany lost to Spain.
Fact : Germany lost 0 - 1 to Spain in World Cup 2010 Semifinal

6. Can make you rich
 With forecasts like that, you can rely on forecasts-predictions before betting. Can make you poor too :)

7. Intelligent animals
Octopus is intelligent animals and proved to have a strong memory. "Octopus ordinary like Paul is very intelligent. We equate them with intelligence and they love dogs and like to solve problems," said Fiona Smith.

8. Celebrities on Facebook and Twitter
Paul became one of the most prevalent topic of conversation at social networking site. The phrase "Paul the Octopus" and "Pulpo" (Spanish for octopus) Twitter world top ten.

9. Without engineering
Paul predicts the outcome of the game with the lid off one of two containers of food in the tank. Sea Life Centre Oberhausen Staff, Tanja Munzig, denied allegations that there was something placed in one container. "There's no trick. Food and everything the same in both containers were the same, except the flag," said Munzig.

10. Not afraid of death threats
According to his supervisor, Oliver Walencak, Paul was not afraid of threats of supporters who blamed him for exclusion of Argentine Lionel Messi and colleagues from the World Cup in 2010 because the 0-4 defeat of Germany.

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