Psychic Predicts Winner of World Cup 2010

In the city of Oberhausen, Germany lives a psychic named Paul who seems to be getting much praise for correctly predicting who would win the World Cup 2010.  However, along with the praise, irate individuals also are blaming Paul for Germany’s loss in the World Cup. Many are sending him death threats. Some are even coming up with ways to cook and eat him. 

Yes you read that correctly, people are actually designing recipes to cook and eat Paul.  Argentine chef Nicolas Bedorrou posted on his Facebook: “We will chase him and put him on some paper. We will then beat him (but correctly!) in order to keep the meat tender and then put it in boiling water.”  Before you scratch your head and think WTF I think it’s time to let you know that Paul is actually an octopus (did I make you say WTF again?). 

Oliver Walenciak, Paul’s owner, said the way he makes predictions is by choosing a container filled with mussels.  2 containers are dropped into his tank one adorned with the German flag and one with that of their opponents.  Whichever container Paul eats from, that team will be victorious.  Unfortunately for Germany, Paul chose Spain to win the World Cup, but for the octopus it just added credence to his psychic credibility because Spain did indeed win 1-0. 

Oliver Walenciak, said before the match: “We know that all octopus have nine brains so we know he has exceptional powers.”  I did some research to see if an octopus really has 9 brains and the only thing I could find was an article from National Geographic titled Octopus Arms Found to Have “Minds” of Their Own, which only suggests that the octopus many inadvertently move its arms. 

“Since octopuses always use the same kind of movement to extend their arms, Hochner and his colleagues wondered if the commands that generate the pattern are stored in the arm itself, not in the central brain. Such a mechanism would further reduce the complexity of controlling a flexible arm.”

I even went as far as checking diagrams on the anatomy of the octopus and to my surprise (not really) it seems that this cephalopod only has, are you ready for this?  Wait for it, wait for it…ONE BRAIN!!! 

So sorry Mr. Walenciak I hate to break it to you, but while your precious Paul may seem rather intelligent, he only has one brain. As far as Paul being psychic, meh, I would say lucky guesses made by a hungry octopus.

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2001/09/0907_octoarm.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/world-cup-2010/7878270/Paul-the-psychic-octopus-correctly-predicts-Germany-defeat.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/world-cup-2010/teams/germany/7877152/Germany-v-Spain-Psychic-octopus-Paul-unfazed-by-death-threats-says-keeper.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/world-cup-2010/7877034/World-Cup-2010-10-things-you-didnt-know-about-Paul-the-psychic-octopus.html

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About Bobby the Paranormal Skeptic
Bobby Nelson is a skeptic, writer, and co-host of Strange Frequencies Radio. His personal blog can be found online at www.porkrhine.com At one time, Bobby was what could be called a "true believer" in paranormal phenomenon. Having been an active investigator of the paranormal for 12 years with several different Toledo based teams, he has examined countless claims of activity. But years worth of research and investigation proved to him that the evidence for these claims are generally lacking and, furthermore, the vast majority of so-called scientific paranormal investigators were using improper methodologies which caused them to draw both false and misleading conclusions.

One Response to Psychic Predicts Winner of World Cup 2010

  1. Rachel Wolf says:

    Here’s a followup CNN article in which marine biologists demonstrate that this underwater creature may have just learned to identify the German flag.

    http://www.cnn.com/2010/SPORT/football/07/09/paul.predict.learn/index.html?hpt=C2

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