Paul the 'Psychic' Octopus Predicts Spain to Win World Cup

07/09/2010 at 11:05 AM EDT

Paul the 'Psychic' Octopus Predicts Spain to Win World Cup
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Paul the "Psychic" Octopus at the Oberhausen Sea Life Aquarium has picked Germany to beat Uruguay in the match for third place in the World Cup on Friday. He went straight for the mussel snack in the box marked with the German flag, his own intuitive (and hungry) method of revealing his pick to win. German news channels broadcast the event live, with eyes glued to the tube as Paul hesitated slightly before making his choice.

At the moment, Paul has correctly predicted the winner of all six of Germany's World Cup matches: four victories and two losses, including the quarter-final loss against Spain.

As a result of that last call, Paul is not very popular in Germany these days. Newsweekly Der Spiegel reports that the Twittersphere is buzzing with death threats against the octopus in the form of calamari recipes.

Spain is even considering offering Paul asylum "so that the Germans don't eat him," environmental minister Elena Espinosa tells Spiegel. If Paul's next prediction comes true, all of Spain will welcome him with open arms: Paul and his own eight arms say Spain will beat Holland for the World Cup championship.

Tell us: Is Paul right? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

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