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Iranian President Denounces Paul the Octopus, That Symbol of Western Decadence

July 29, 2010

Photostream : Paul The Octopus Predicts Spain Win In Final

(KATAKAMI / SOCCERFANHOUSE.COM)  Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the president and point man for one of the most intolerant theocracies on the planet, has accused Paul the Octopus — the German-based cephalopod who became the surprising star of the World Cup by “picking” eight out of eight games correctly — of “spreading Western propaganda and superstition.”

Paul, who lives at an aquarium in Oberhausen, was presented with boxes adorned with the flags of the competing teams before each of Germany’s seven games in South Africa and the final between Spain and the Netherlands. Each time, Paul ate the food from the box featuring the flag of the team that went on to win. He’s now a global celebrity.

Whether Paul is lucky, a genius or just plain magical, his behavior clearly resembled voting a bit too much for Ahmadinejad’s liking. The exercising of free will, even by an animal with the brain the size of a peanut, isn’t very palatable to a dictatorship. Last weekend in Tehran, Ahmadinejad, who routinely denies the occurrence of the Holocaust and threatens various infidels with nuclear annihilation, laid the smack down on his most threatening adversary yet.

The president said that Paul is a symbol of “decadence and decay,” and added that “Those who believe in this type of thing cannot be the leaders of the global nations that aspire, like Iran, to human perfection, basing themselves in the love of all sacred values.”

We all got a first hand look at the Iranian government’s “love of all sacred values” in the crackdowns following Ahmadinejad’s re-election last year, during which dozens of citizens were killed.

Paul should be safe at his home in Germany. The aquarium where he lives has turned down offers for his purchase from Spain — where he’s now regarded as a talisman for picking La Roja to win the final — and Russia, where a bookmaker reportedly offered more than $100,000. Perhaps the facility will install extra security in case someone offended by an octopus tries something rash.

There won’t be any more predictions, however. The Sea Life Centre said Paul will retire a winner and is finished picking games. “He won’t give any more oracle predictions, either in football, or in politics, lifestyle or economy. Paul will get back to his former job, namely making children laugh,” his handlers said.

We assume Ahmadinejad will have a problem with that as well. (*)

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Photostream : Paul The Octopus becomes favourite friend of Spanish town Carballino

 

(VIDEO)  RIA NOVOSTI  : Psychic Paul the octopus is awarded his own statue http://en.rian.ru/video/20100723/159919266.html

 

Carlos Alberto Montes Marques, mayor of the Spanish town Carballino presents an award to “Paul”, the so-called “octopus oracle” at the Sea Life Aquarium in the western German city of Oberhausen July 22, 2010. The award nominates Paul as the “favorite friend of the town”. The octopus has become a media star after correctly picking all six German World Cup results including their first-round defeat against Serbia and their semi-final defeat against Spain. “Paul” also predicted Spain’s World Cup victory over The Netherlands and Germany’s victory in their third place match against Uruguay. (Getty Images)

“Paul”, the so-called “octopus oracle”, is presented with a jersey at the Sea Life Aquarium in the western German city of Oberhausen July 22, 2010. The octopus on Thursday was nominated as the “favourite friend” of the Spanish town Carballino. The octopus became a media star after correctly picking all six German World Cup results including their first-round defeat against Serbia and their semi-final defeat against Spain. “Paul” also predicted Spain’s World Cup victory over The Netherlands and Germany’s victory in their third place match against Uruguay. (Getty Images)

“Paul”, the so-called “octopus oracle”, is presented with a jersey and a bronze statuette at the Sea Life Aquarium in the western German city of Oberhausen July 22, 2010. The octopus on Thursday was nominated as the “favourite friend” of the Spanish town Carballino. The octopus became a media star after correctly picking all six German World Cup results including their first-round defeat against Serbia and their semi-final defeat against Spain. “Paul” also predicted Spain’s World Cup victory over The Netherlands and Germany’s victory in their third place match against Uruguay. (Getty Images)

“Paul”, the so-called “octopus oracle”, is presented with a jersey and a bronze statuette at the Sea Life Aquarium in the western German city of Oberhausen July 22, 2010. The octopus on Thursday was nominated as the “favourite friend” of the Spanish town Carballino. The octopus became a media star after correctly picking all six German World Cup results including their first-round defeat against Serbia and their semi-final defeat against Spain. “Paul” also predicted Spain’s World Cup victory over The Netherlands and Germany’s victory in their third place match against Uruguay. (Getty Images)

Octopus predicts next Russian president

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Russia’s President Dmitry Medvedev (C) delivers a speech, with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (R) and Russia’s First Lady Svetlana Medvedeva (L) in the background, during a state reception to mark the Day of Russia at Ivanovskaya Square in Moscow’s Kremlin on June 12, 2010.

 

July 17. 2010

 

(KATAKAMI / TVNZ.CO.NZ)   One of Russia’s most popular newspapers said it had managed to get Paul, the oracle German octopus which accurately predicted the World Cup results to forecast who will be Russia’s next president.

But shhhhhh…Komsomolskaya Pravda said the results of Paul’s prediction for the 2012 presidential election have been sealed until election year.

The paper said one of its reporters approached Paul, who lives at the Sea Life attraction in the German city of Oberhausen and put two sheets of paper with the names of Russiam Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and President Dmitry Medvedev in front of the soothsaying invertebrate, which pointed to one of the names with a tentacle.

Since Medvedev replaced Putin as president in 2008, with the latter taking over the cabinet, it has been unclear who is the number one decision-maker in a country with a tradition of strong, individual rulers.

A recent poll conducted by Russia’s Levada-Center shows that 76% of respondents believe Putin is the country’s most influential person, while 67% see Medvedev as top leader.

Both politicians at some point said they were considering running for president in 2012. In April Medvedev said they would decide together who is going to run. Putin said in June they would talk about it closer to the election date.

 

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Paul the octopus became famous for accurately predicting the outcome of Germany’s World Cup campaign and the World Cup final between Spain and The Netherlands.

His Russian presidential pick has been conducted in a fashion rather different to his World Cup prognostications, where he predicted football matches by picking food from two different transparent containers lowered into his tank, each adorned with the flag of one of the matches’ competitors.

The paper also features a short “interview” with Paul.  (*)

Germany rejects ‘transfer bid’ for octopus oracle Paul

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July 17, 2010

 

 

(KATAKAMI / BBC)  A German zoo has turned down a “transfer request” from Spain for its star performer during the football World Cup – Paul the “psychic” octopus.

The cephalopod correctly predicted the outcome of all of Germany’s seven matches in the tournament, and also plumped for Spain to lift the trophy.

This made him an instant hero in Spain, and now Madrid’s Zoo says it wants to put Paul on display in its aquarium.

But Oberhausen’s Sea Life centre said there was no chance of Paul being sold.

“We’re very glad that Paul will stay here,” Sea Life spokeswoman Tunja Munzig said, adding that any other possible bids from abroad would be rejected.

Earlier, Madrid Zoo official Javier Diaz said the management was in talks with Oberhausen to see if the Germans wanted to exchange the 2.5-year-old octopus for “one of the species we have here”.

“What they might need is coral or small sharks. But if they don’t want any of that we might offer some money,” Mr Diaz said.

Honorary citizen

Ever since Paul predicted Spain’s triumph in the month-long tournament in South Africa, he has become a celebrity in Spain.

Fans watching last Sunday’s final in Madrid sported mini-Pauls on their T-shirts and squidgy replicas on top of their hats.

The octopus is already an honorary citizen of one Spanish town, and a summer festival in Paul’s name is being planned in the country.

Even Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero stepped in to offer protection, after bitter German fans threatened to eat Paul for predicting Germany’s defeat in the semi-final against Spain.

One Spanish fan said that Paul should replace the bull, which is often seen on Spanish flags.

“The octopus has done more [good] things that the bull,” the fan said.

But sadly for many Spaniards, Paul is staying home in Oberhausen.

Paul The Octopus To Leave Germany For Madrid – Report

July 15, 2010

(KATAKAMI / GOAL.COM)  Reports from Spain suggest that Paul the oracle octopus could be set for a transfer from his Oberhausen home to Madrid zoo.

The infamous invertebrate, which successfully predicted eight World Cup results including Spain’s historic final win over Netherlands, is apparently set for a switch to the Spanish capital at the behest of football fans, according to AS

The proposed exchange will see another animal from Madrid heading in the opposite direction to the Sea Life Aquarium in Oberhausen and it is suggested that their may even be financial compensation as part of the deal.

‘Paul the Octopus’ now an iPhone app

An octopus named Paul opens a box with decorated with a Spanish flag and a shell inside on July 9, 2010 at the Sea Life aquarium in Oberhausen, western Germany. (Getty)

July 14, 2010

(KATAKAMI / FRANCE24/ AFP)  – Paul, the psychic octopus who predicted World Cup matches with uncanny accuracy, is now an iPhone application.

The Brazilian software developer behind the program, uTouchLabs, describes it as a “fun way to randomly choose between two options.”

“Cinema or theatre? Pizza or sushi? Skirt of dress? Marcia or Andrea? Ask the Octopus?” it says.

The user types in the options and a cartoon octopus chooses between them.

The program costs 99 cents to download from Apple’s iTunes.

Paul, an octopus at an aquarium in Oberhausen, Germany, earned worldwide attention during the World Cup with his predictions, which included Spain’s victory in the final against the Netherlands.

Photostream : Good Bye Paul The Octopus, Auf Wiedersehen !

Octopus oracle Paul to retire after perfect record

Photostream : Paul The Octopus Predicts Spain Win In Final

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Germany’s so-called oracle octopus Paul, swims in front of a mock soccer World Cup trophy in its tank at the Sea Life Aquarium in the western German city of Oberhausen July 12, 2010. The two-year-old celebrity octopus, accurately picked the outcome of all six of Germany’s 2010 World Cup matches, even the two defeats, and then went on to correctly predict Spain to beat the Netherlands in the World Cup final. The conservative German newspaperFrankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung paid tribute in its story to the celebrity octopus on Monday “Paul the oracle octopus in Oberhausen got it right again,” the FAZ wrote.  (Getty)

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In this picture provided by the Sea Life Aquarium in Oberhausen, Germany, shows octopus Paul swimming next to a golden cup similar to the World Cup trophy Monday July 12, 2010. No more World Cup, no more octopus oracle. Paul, the octopus who became a pop culture sensation by correctly predicting the outcome of as many World Cup matches as he has legs – all seven of Germany’s games plus the Spain-Netherlands final – is going to retire. However, Paul took one last curtain call on Monday. Aquarium employees presented the octopus with a golden cup – similar to the official World Cup trophy.o (Getty)

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Germany’s so-called oracle octopus Paul, swims in front of a mock soccer World Cup trophy in his tank at the Sea Life Aquarium in the western German city of Oberhausen July 12, 2010. Paul was given a replica of the World Cup on Monday as a reward for his perfect eight-for-eight record in picking matches as bettors worldwide collected their winnings based on his selections. Paul’s home at Sea Life aquarium in Oberhausen has been inundated with visitors and media from acrossEurope . Many networks broadcast his picks live. Hundreds were on hand to watch the World Cup replica lowered into his tank on Monday. (Getty)

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ADDING INFO ON THE SCULPTURE An Indian artist puts the finishing touches to a sand sculpture representing Paul the Octopus on a football ahead of the FIFA World Cup final match between Spain and The Netherlands, depicting a football covered with an octopus in Bhubaneswar on July 10, 2010. Spain will face the Netherlands in the FIFA 2010 World Cup final soccer match on July 11, at Soccer City stadium inJohannesburg, South Africa. (Getty)

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An octopus named Paul sits on a box decorated with a Spanish flag and a shell inside on July 9, 2010 at the Sea Life aquarium in Oberhausen, western Germany. Paul’s task is to decide in favour of one of the shells hidden in boxes with the flags of the Netherlands and Spain to act thus as oracle for the upcoming final match of theFIFA Football World Cup between the two countries on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg , South Africa. Paul, the ‘psychic’ octopus, who had predicted well the result of six German matches earlier in the tournament, predicted Spain will win the football World Cup for the first time in their history. (Getty)

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A Netherlands fan holds a sign reading, ‘Octopus a l’Orange’ during the 2010 World Cup football final between the Netherlands and Spain on July 11, 2010 at Soccer City stadium in Soweto, suburban Johannesburg.  (Getty)

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Spain’s Andres Iniesta holds a mock version of Paul the oracle octopus as he and his team mates celebrate their World Cup victory on a stage in Madrid July 12, 2010. The octopus, who lives in an aquarium in the German city of Oberhausen, had picked Spain to beat the Netherlands in Sunday’s final. (Getty)

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Spain’s Andres Iniesta holds a mock version of Paul the oracle octopus as he and his team mates celebrate their World Cup victory on a stage in Madrid July 12, 2010. The octopus, who lives in an aquarium in the German city of Oberhausen, had picked Spain to beat the Netherlands in Sunday’s final. (Getty)

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Spain’s goalkeeper Pepe Reina (L) jokes with a puppet of Paul the Octopus on a stage set up for them in Madrid on July 12, 2010 a day after they won the 2010 FIFA football World Cup match against the Netherlands in Johannesburg. (Getty)

Octopus oracle Paul to retire after perfect record

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July 13, 2010

 

BERLIN  (KATAKAMI / CHINA POST)  — No more World Cup, no more octopus oracle.

Paul, the octopus who became a pop culture sensation by correctly predicting the outcome of as many World Cup matches as he has legs — all seven of Germany’s games plus the Spain-Netherlands final — is going to retire.

The intuitive invertebrate will “go into retirement and do what he likes to do best: play with his handlers and delight children who come visit to him,” Tanja Munzig, a spokeswoman for the Sea Life aquarium in Oberhausen, told AP Television News.

However, Paul took one last curtain call on Monday. Aquarium employees presented the octopus with a golden cup — similar to the official World Cup trophy.

Although the cup was garnished with mussels, Paul ignored it as it was lowered into his tank — showing the world one last time that he isn’t just any old octopus who can be excited simply by shiny bait.

Paul won worldwide attention as he called all of Germany’s games correctly — including its semifinal defeat by Spain. He crowned his career by forecasting correctly that Spain would beat Holland in Sunday’s final.  (*)