It appears that some German fans are lacking a sense of humour. The keepers at the Oberhausen, Germany aquarium where Paul resides have received death threats and octopus recipes after Germany was knocked out by Spain on Wednesday. And Germans arenít the only ones incensed at Paul. Angry Argentinian fans blamed him for Argentinaís embarrassing 0-4 defeat by Germany and threatened to eat him to avenge his prediction. Paulís handlers are stoically undeterred by the threats.

Paulís keeper in Oberhausen, Germany said ďthere are always people who want to eat our octopus but he is not shy and we are here to protect him as well. He will survive.Ē

Paul hatched from an egg in an aquarium at Sea Life Weymouth in Weymouth, England but is now residing in an aquarium at the Sea Life Oberhausen in Oberhausen, Germany. His name Paul is based on the title of a poem by the German writer Boy Lomsen: Der Tintenfisch Paul Oktopus.

This is where Paul resides.

According to statements from Sea Life’s entertainment director, Daniel Fey, Paul showed his intelligence early on: “There was something about the way he looked at our visitors when they came close to the tank. It was so unusual, so we tried to find out what his special talents were.Ē

During the UEFA Euro 2008, Paul made his debut in predicting soccer match results. He was correct in 70% of the predictions that he made but he was wrong in his prediction of the winner of the final match which saw Germany pitted against Spain. Paul predicted a win for Germany but Spain emerged from the match as champion.

After that successful run of picks in Euro 2008, Paul is on fire again but with an even better track record this time, correctly predicting the outcomes of all the six matches that Germany had so far played in this World Cup 2010. Fans of Spain and the Netherlands will no doubt be anxious to see what Paulís prediction will be for the final. Presuming, that is, his handlers arenít too bummed out by their teamís defeat to make him pick between two non-German nations. So the question on every one’s mind now is this: Will Paul be predicting the outcome of the Spain-Netherlands final?

If you have placed your faith in Paul and have bet on all the 6 matches that he had made predictions for, you would have been laughing all the way to the bank now. And if Paul himself has bet on his own predictions, this is how he would look like now.

Octopus Paul With His Winnings

With the fame that Paul has attained in this World Cup, I would not be surprised if this year’s top selling Christmas toy is an Octopus† blowing a South Africa 2010 vuvuzela! Hey, China toy makers, take note, there is a fortune to be made here!

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It is really amazing…..Octopus Paul is right again! Spain beat Germany 1-0 through a header by Carles Puyol in the 73rd minute. The whole of Spain is celebrating now.† Paul has been 100% correct in his predictions in this World Cup and that is really incredible!!

Carles Puyol scores!

Carles Puyol scores!

The above photo is taken from ESPN Soccernet. By the way, I realised now that the photo showing Paul predicting Spain to be the winner in my last post is a fake and I apologise for that.

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The waiting is over…..Spain is predicted to “whacka whacka” Germany. Octopus Paul at Oberhausen Sea Life Aquarium in Germany has picked Spain to win the Germany-Spain semi-final match. With a 100% correct prediction track record so far in this World Cup, I bet millions of people will place their bets on Spain winning the Germany-Spain match. What are you waiting for? Call your bookie now!

Paul picks Spain!

I don’t know whether the Germans will feel betrayed….but the Spaniards will feel more confident now. David Villa may get such a big morale boost that he scores a couple of goals.† And let’s hope that Paul will not end up in a German cooking pot!

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When Germans want to know if their team will win their next match at the ongoing World Cup soccer tournament in South Africa, they turn to the octopus nicknamed Paul. From his tank at Oberhausen Sea Life aquarium, Paul has been most impressive, correctly predicting the outcome of all the four soccer matches Germany has played in ó three wins and a loss to Serbia.

This is how Paul does his prediction: His caretakers at Sea Life put a mussel in each of two clear plastic containers. The boxes are marked with the flags of the soccer teams. Paul’s prediction for victory is whichever container he chooses first.

According to entertainment director Daniel Fey, Paul showed his intelligence early on. “There was something about the way he looked at our visitors when they came close to the tank,” he says. “It was so unusual, so we tried to find out what his special talents were.” Although Paul isn’t much of a soccer player — all those legs get in the way — he does have a knack for predicting games.

Fans were most surprised when Paul, who hatched in England in 2008, refused to allow any latent patriotic sentiments cloud his judgment when he predicted the outcome of Sunday’s Germany vs. England match. Paul quickly chose the box with the German flag indicating, as his spokeswoman Tanja Mnzig explained, “a decisive victory for Germany.”

And so it was, 4:1 for Germany.

On Tuesday morning, as a crowd of photographers surrounded his tank, snapping pictures, the octopus oracle made his prediction for Germany’s next match on Saturday against favorite Argentina. Paul, an English-born octopus in the Sea Life Aquarium in Oberhausen, picked Germany and with it predicts that the German team will win over Argentina in a quarterfinal match. According to Paul, Team Argentina might as well start packing their bags now, because Germany will beat them. But because it took a while for Paul to make his decision, it is predicted that Germany will face a tough match against Argentina.

Before you place your bets, remember that Paul is good, but not infallible. In the 2008 European Championship soccer tournament, Paul was right almost 70 percent of the time. But even with a 70% accuracy, you would have made a killings at the World Cup betting if you have heeded Paul’s prediction from Day 1.

Animal rights group PETA is now clamoring for Paul to be released into a national park in waters off the south of France where fishing is banned.

“Paul is stuck in a small aquarium … We think that Paul would be fine in the sea,’ marine biologist Tanja Breining from PETA said.

‘Octopuses are among the most intelligent of invertebrates. They are capable of complex thought processes, have short and long-term memories, use tools, learn through observation, have different personalities and are particularly sensitive to pain,’ the organisation said.

Sea Life, however, said it would be a bad idea.

‘Animals born in captivity are used to being fed and have no experience finding food by themselves,’ a spokeswoman told AFP.

‘It is highly likely that he would die.’

I am sure the bookies will throw their support behind PETA…hahaha!

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Malaysia’s controversial rapper Wee Meng Chee, better known as Namewee, is at it again. His new music video is a parody of the World Cup football fever. In the video, Wee lamented on how Malaysia has never qualified for the World Cup. He rapped about illegal bookies and complaints of† neglect by wives and girlfriends of football fans during World Cup. Wee narrated how Malaysians have to resign themselves to merely watching the football matches and betting on them.

The above video clip was uploaded on both YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/user/namewee) and his personal blog several days ago.

In the video clip, he had took to task Malaysiaís performance in the recent Thomas Cup badminton tournament and on World No.1 ranking Malaysian player Datuk Lee Chong Weiís comments and reasoning behind it. The Malaysian badminton team lost to both Japan and China during the Thomas Cup despite pre-tournament hype that Malaysia had a good chance of winning the cup.

The 27-year-old Muar-born rapper hit the headlines with his infamous Negarakuku YouTube music video in 2007.† The Malaysian national anthem “Negaraku” was used as a background to his rap in the video which Wee recorded while studying in a Taiwan university. Upon his return to Malaysia, he was questioned by the Bukit Aman Commercial Crimes headquarters for his song and asked to provide a translation of it in Bahasa Malaysia, the national language of Malaysia.

Namewee has become almost a household name in Malaysia, especially among the Chinese community. Using rap in his digs against government bureaucracy and corruption, he has garnered a cult following and established himself as a rap artiste. Even famous Singapore director Jack Neo had once commented that Wee is a talented guy.

You can check out his other videos on both Youtube and his blog but just be warned…..there is quite a bit of profanity in some of the videos

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