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Octopus Paul predicts Spain over Germany in WCup

2010-07-06 11:08:43 GMT2010-07-06 19:08:43 (Beijing Time)  SINA.com

Octopus Paul fixes the spanish box during his oracel for the semifinal match at the World Cup in South Africa between Germany and Spain in the SeaLife Aquarium in Oberhausen, Germany, Tuesday, July 6, 2010.

Octopus Paul fixes the spanish box during his oracel for the semifinal match at the World Cup in South Africa between Germany and .

Two year-old octopus Paul, the so-called "octopus oracle" predicts Spain's victory in their 2010 World Cup semi-final soccer match against Germany by choosing a mussel, from a glass box decorated with the Spanish national flag instead of a glass box with the German flag, at the Sea Life Aquarium in the western German city of Oberhausen July 6, 2010.

Two year-old octopus Paul, the so-called "octopus oracle" predicts Spain's victory in their 2010 World Cup semi-final soccer match against Germany by choosing a mussel, from a glass box decorated with the Spanish national flag instead of a glass box with the German flag, at the Sea Life Aquarium in the western German city of Oberhausen July 6, 2010.

Octopus Paul holds on to the German box, prior to the quarterfinal match of the Soccer World Cup match in South Africa between Germany and Argentina to be played on Saturday, in the SeaLife Aquarium in Oberhausen, Germany, Tuesday, June 29, 2010.

Octopus oracle Paul is predicting Germany will be defeated by Spain at the World Cup semifinal.

Sea Life Aquarium's spokesman Daniel Fey said Tuesday that the famous mollusk from Oberhausen chose a mussel from a glass tank marked with a Spanish flag, while ignoring the tank marked with the German colors — indicating a Spanish victory in Wednesday's semifinal.

But there could be hope for the Germans.

The only time the usually-prescient Paul erred in the past was in picking a Germany-Spain matchup in the 2008 European Championship, when he picked Germany and Spain prevailed.

Otherwise, Paul correctly predicting Germany's wins over Argentina and England, and also foretold the victories over Australia and Ghana and the country's loss to Serbia.

(Agencies)

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