Paul the Octopus
It turns out Germany should progress through their quarter final match with Argentina, well at least that’s what the oracle, Paul the Octopus, reckons. Paul, who is said to “possess mad gypsy skills,” has so far correctly predicted all of Germany’s results in this world cup, including the upset against Serbia.
The ritual involves Paul selecting selecting one muscle from a couple of boxes labelled with the competing team’s national flags. He spelled doom for England last week, and now it looks like Argentina are on their way back to the land of steak and hot women. Apparently the time Paul spent deliberating over the victory is evidence of a long, hard fought battle, with a possible penalty shoot out deciding the the victor.
Paul’s handlers at Sea Life in Oberhausen, Germany had this to say “Paul better not be #%$king around, we’ve bet heavily on this result.” Her tone suggested an incorrect prediction at this stage might find Paul rehoused in a deep fat fryer.