Germans Want To Throw Psychic Octopus Into Shark Tank

Paul the Octopus in his aquarium  tank next to a football shoe marked with the German flag colors. Photo: Tilla (CC)

Paul the Octopus in his aquarium tank next to a soccer shoe marked with the German flag colors. Photo: Tilla (CC)

You knew the psychic octopus was going to upset a lot of people in its homeland, Germany, if it predicted–correctly–a loss for their team. As AFP/The Local reports, the eight-legged wonder now needs all its supernatural powers to remain in good health:

It won’t come as much of a consolation to heartbroken German fans, but at least Paul, Germany’s now world-famous “Octopus oracle,” has maintained his perfect record predicting World Cup matches this summer…

The “psychic” creature has correctly predicted all six of Germany’s matches and, amid excruciating drama broadcast live on national television on Tuesday, plumped for Spain, causing anguish across the country.

The eight-legged soccer soothsayer was spot on Wednesday, as Carles Puyol’s semi-final header shattered Germany’s dreams of winning their fourth World Cup…

According to daily Der Westen, there have been “a host of comments on Facebook, Twitter … suggesting Paul should be fried, grilled or turned into a seafood salad or paella. Others wanted to throw him into the shark tank.”

On Berlin’s “fan-mile,” a massive open air set-up where hundreds of thousands of fans watched the game, some sections of the crowd also turned against their former hero, singing anti-octopus songs.

The Spanish government on Thursday expressed concern for the future well-being of Paul, expressing concern the Germans may take some kind of ‘revenge’ for their exit on the mollusc medium…

[continues at AFP/The Local]

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  • http://www.xenex.org/ xen

    Dear Germany,

    Correlation is not causation. Cephalopods are intelligent, but not psychic. I would hope you would have learned your lesson about sending creatures you disagree with into ovens for things that are not their fault.

    • Diarmaid

      Hey man, Im not German but that was a bull**it comment. I bet you feel great about yourself with that one. Lets all listen to comments from a tabloid and try to make yourself look good by insulting an entire race… Get a life.

      • http://www.xenex.org/ xen

        Which race is insulted here? Last I checked – despite attempts by some
        to the contrary – Germany is comprised of a variety of races. And I am
        partly German.

        Oh wait, did you mean the race of Trolls who feel the internet is
        Serious Business? Did I insult your people? So sorry.

  • justagirl

    octopuses belong in the ocean, where they can wreak havoc freely, and purely.

  • Know Your History

    Hello Germany, that's not a good solution for you as a country. Do I need to say more?

  • mcgibbo

    An Octopus can kill a shark anyway so it wouldn't be the final solution.

    • http://www.thecarnivalnoir.com Haystack

      A psychic octopus can turn sharks into its mindslaves and use them against its oppressors.

      Does history teach us nothing?

  • chonus

    This octo is putting my kids through college.

  • McGobbels

    lol mcbibbo

  • E.B. Wolf

    Careful Germany. It's not wise to upset Great Cthulhu.

  • Tuna Ghost

    Isn't there a video floating around the internet of an octopus devouring a shark? I distinctly remember seeing that. You don't forget the image of an octopus with half a shark sticking out of its beak.

  • Tuna Ghost

    Isn't there a video floating around the internet of an octopus devouring a shark? I distinctly remember seeing that. You don't forget the image of an octopus with half a shark sticking out of its beak.

  • Master Wang

    This is so typical of jaded and bitter football fans who can't accept that their team just lost! Shoot the messenger why don't you!

  • baph777

    It is interesting. I’ve heard that Octopus and Squid have an incredibly high and complex intelligence; however, it is a form of chemical intelligence. Could it be that the future can be accurately predicted if you can grasp its chemical composition?

  • baph777

    It is interesting. I've heard that Octopus and Squid have an incredibly high and complex intelligence; however, it is a form of chemical intelligence. Could it be that the future can be accurately predicted if you can grasp its chemical composition?

  • Wanooski

    Why exactly would paul(RIP) deserve to be thrown into a shark tank for making a correct prediction? It’s not his fault the team lost. He just “knew” it would beforehand.

  • Wanooski

    Why exactly would paul(RIP) deserve to be thrown into a shark tank for making a correct prediction? It’s not his fault the team lost. He just “knew” it would beforehand.

  • Wanooski

    Why exactly would paul(RIP) deserve to be thrown into a shark tank for making a correct prediction? It’s not his fault the team lost. He just “knew” it would beforehand.

  • Wanooski

    Why exactly would paul(RIP) deserve to be thrown into a shark tank for making a correct prediction? It’s not his fault the team lost. He just “knew” it would beforehand.

  • Wanooski

    Why exactly would paul(RIP) deserve to be thrown into a shark tank for making a correct prediction? It’s not his fault the team lost. He just “knew” it would beforehand.

  • Wanooski

    Why exactly would paul(RIP) deserve to be thrown into a shark tank for making a correct prediction? It’s not his fault the team lost. He just “knew” it would beforehand.

  • Wanooski

    Why exactly would paul(RIP) deserve to be thrown into a shark tank for making a correct prediction? It’s not his fault the team lost. He just “knew” it would beforehand.

  • Anarchy Pony

    Why exactly would paul(RIP) deserve to be thrown into a shark tank for making a correct prediction? It’s not his fault the team lost. He just “knew” it would beforehand.

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