The Secret Behind Octopus Paul
Paul the Octopus or Paul Oktopus (hatched in 2008, German: Paul der Krake) is a common octopus living in a tank at a Sea Life Centre in Oberhausen, Germany. The octopus is used as an animal oracle in an attempt to predict the results of football matches, usually international matches in which Germany is playing.
During a divination, the octopus is presented with two boxes. Each contains food, and is marked with the flag of a national football team in an upcoming match, among which he is said to choose his predicted winner. The octopus is reported to have chosen the box with the flag of the winning team in several of Germany’s six Euro 2008 matches, and in each of their first six matches in the 2010 FIFA World Cup. On July 9, when presented with a box with Spanish flag attached to it and another with the Netherlands flag; he ate the mussel in the box with the Spanish flag. That act was interpreted as a prediction that Spain will win the World Cup final on July 11. On the other hand, Mani the Parakeet has a Dutch win over Spain.
Octopus Paul – Early life
Paul was hatched from an egg at the Sea Life Centre in Weymouth, England, then moved to a tank at one of the chain’s centres in Oberhausen, Germany. Paul’s name was taken from the title of a poem by the German children’s writer Boy Lornsen: Der Tintenfisch Paul Oktopus. According to Sea Life’s entertainment director, Daniel Fey, Paul demonstrated intelligence early in life:
There was something about the way he looked at our visitors when they came close to the tank. It was so unusual, so we tried to find out what his special talents were.
Method of divination
The two plastic boxes presented to Paul
In the lead-up to Germany’s international football matches, Paul is presented with two clear plastic boxes, each containing food: a mussel or an oyster. Each container is marked with the flag of a team, one the flag of Germany, and the other the flag of Germany’s opponent.
The box which Paul opens first (and eats the contents of) is judged to be the predicted winner of the game. Paul was first used as an oracle during UEFA Euro 2008, when he correctly predicted the outcome of 4 out of 6 of Germany’s matches, but failed to predict their defeats by Croatia in the group stage, and by Spain in the championship’s final. Paul’s accurate choices for the 2010 World Cup, broadcast live by German news channel NTV, have endowed him with celebrity status.
‘Psychic’ octopus backs Spain to win World Cup
Football fans in Spain were rejoicing on Friday after an octopus called Paul predicted their team will win the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Paul the Octopus, who lives in an aquarium in Oberhausen, in western Germany, has so far correctly forecast who will win every World Cup game involving the German side. Paul also predicted that the German team will beat Uruguay in Saturday’s match for third place.
The octopus has become something of a celebrity during the World Cup, as all six of his predictions for Germany’s World Cup games proved accurate. His final prediction, for Sunday’s final between Spain and the Netherlands, was broadcast live on television. The eight-legged sea creature was given two boxes to choose from — one marked with a flag from the Netherlands and another with the flag of Spain. In the end it was the Spanish flag he went for.
Rupert Adams of William Hill, one of Britain’s largest bookmakers, said that the octopus’s success rate is remarkable.
“If you had had ten pounds on each and every prediction then re-invested your winnings you would currently have over 1,450 pounds,” said Adams. “It’s an astonishing feat to get six predictions in a row. I am told people are walking into our shops and saying ‘I will have what the Octopus predicted.'”
But David Spiegelhalter, Professor of the Public Understanding of Risk at the University of Cambridge, was less convinced of the animal’s abilities, pointing out that many other creatures failed to predict the correct outcomes of matches and went unreported.
“It’s like seeing footage of a golfer getting a hole-in-one,” Spiegelhalter said. “We’re not seeing the millions of times the golfer made the shot and it didn’t go in.”
At least one other animal has weighed in on the World Cup final. Mani, a 13 year old parakeet from Singapore, allegedly correctly predicted the results of the four quarter-final matches, and also Spain’s semi-final victory over Germany. The parakeet apparently thinks that the Netherlands will defeat Spain in the final.
Which of the supposed oracles is correct remains to be seen. The final takes place on Sunday in Johannesburg, South Africa.
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Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Franck Ribéry – just three of the footballing superstars whose reputations were expected to be sealed into history at the World Cup. But none of them have come out of tournament with as half as much credit as Paul the Octopus, the British-born but German-reared cephalopod who correctly predicted the fate of his adopted nation in each of their five games – beating the 80% record he boasted in Euro 2008. As has been remarked all over Twitter, if Paul had backed his predictions with bets, he would by now be squids in …
The phenomenon of apparently psychic animals is not a new one. Many people, including the owner of a parakeet named Mani, are convinced their pets hold the powers of an oracle. Others believe their pets can understand their emotional ups and downs and use this ability to help them through hard times.
Do you think animals are smarter than we commonly suspect? Do you think your pet has a sixth sense?
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The octopus Paul is really curious being and he is an asset to this world. We all must take care of such being and we all must also take care of all the animals, environment, and all leaving creatures. Perhaps Paul is the first evolution of the intelligent octopus in this world. He may be the beginning of a new evolution of some future Generations of intelligent leaving beings who will be equipped with Sixth Sense and intelligence. So he must be preserved and treated well. After all he is also a life in this world. And he is a legend now.