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World Cup: Psychic octopus predicts Germany will defeat England

June 25, 2010 |  2:31 pm


A 2-year-old octopus born in England but raised in Germany, has predicted a German win over England in Sunday's World Cup game.

Paul chose a mussel out of a container marked with the German flag over a mussel in a glass with the English St. George's Cross, said Tanja Munzig, a spokeswoman for the Sea Life Aquarium in the western city of Oberhausen, Germany, on Friday.

Now before you laugh and say "Psychic octopus? Preposterous." consider this: Paul already had successfully predicted Germany's victories over Australia and Ghana, and its loss to Serbia.

Who are we to argue with a psychic octopus? They may as well cancel the match. Germany will win.

-- Houston Mitchell

Photo: Paul fishes a mollusk out of the container representing Germany. Credit: Volker Hartmann, Associated Press.