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PostPosted: Sat Jul 10, 2010 4:42 pm    Post subject: Re: Unfailing Octopus Reply with quote

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nevermore wrote:
And the octopus was right again Smile

Yay!!! for the octopus and for Germany! That was a great game!

Yes it was!! Germany won 3 to 2, all the goals were beautiful.

For tomorrow though... I wonder whether the octopus will be right again. I'm of two minds on the outcome. Neither the Netherlands nor Spain have won a World Cup yet, and both teams are pretty good... After thinking about it, I don't think I'll root for either one - I won't be upset if either of those two wins. Cool
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 10, 2010 8:53 pm    Post subject: Unfailing Octopus Reply with quote

I noticed on some pictures of the octopus that he seemed to pick the box on our right side so I wonder if he is a left tentacled octopus and just went for the box on a particular size. Does anyone know if he's ever picked the box on our left side and his right?

Great win Germany YAY!!! super grin

OK if the Octopus is correct tonight then Spain will win the World Cup....
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 10, 2010 11:43 pm    Post subject: Unfailing Octopus Reply with quote

He has picked the box on the left side, according to reports, though not as often.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 11, 2010 1:07 am    Post subject: Unfailing Octopus Reply with quote

Well we'll know if he's going to have a 100% correct prediction rate in about 12 hours or so won't we. Viva España!
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 11, 2010 4:48 am    Post subject: Google celebrates the World Cup Reply with quote

Today's Google-France logo:


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 11, 2010 4:56 am    Post subject: The US also celebrates the World Cup final Reply with quote

This is the logo on Google-US today:

Times have changed. Back in 1998, in the US the World Cup was a non-event except for some ethnic communities (like the Vietnamese, the Italians, Portuguese, etc.). Now almost everyone's following it.

I remember back on Vietscape, how someone counted how many members were posting about it. Come to think of it, I should go and check the VS site, haven't done that in ages. We'll see if they're still as interested now as they were then.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 11, 2010 5:02 am    Post subject: The Octopus Reply with quote

I checked the Vietscape site and found this article on the Octopus; there wasn't much of a discussion though, not like we're having here. Unless I missed it.

BERLIN (AP)—Eyes around the world were on Germany’s octopus oracle Paul on Friday as he made his biggest prediction yet in the World Cup: Spain will beat the Netherlands in the final.

Paul’s prescient picks in the World Cup—he has yet to predict a match wrong—have propelled him to international fame from obscurity a month ago in an aquarium in the western city of Oberhausen.

TV stations in Germany, Great Britain, Taiwan and elsewhere broadcast live pictures, complete with breathless commentary, of his final decision for the tournament. Millions watched as the world-famous octopus descended upon on a tank marked with a Spanish flag, sitting for only a few minutes before grabbing a mussel and devouring it, while completely ignoring the Dutch tank—indicating a Spanish victory in Sunday’s final match in Sunday’s final.

It was the first time he’d been tasked to pick a game in which Germany wasn’t involved, as the Oberhausen Sea Life aquarium bowed to overwhelming demand to see who he would choose in the final.

Paul correctly predicted Germany’s wins over Argentina, England, Australia and Ghana and the country’s loss to Spain and Serbia.

He also predicted earlier on Friday that Germany will win over Uruguay in Saturday’s match for third and fourth place.

His handlers say he is coping with fame well.

“Paul is such a professional oracle—he doesn’t even care that hundreds of journalists are watching and commenting on every move he makes,” said Stefan Porwoll, the Sea Life aquarium manager. “We’re so proud of him.”

Paul first developed his abilities during the 2008 European Championship in which he predicted five out of six games involving Germany correctly. But while he had only a community of local fans two years ago, his World Cup prognostications have brought him international stardom.

Speain’s defeat of Germany in the semifinals as predicted by Paul prompted many Germans to wonder about how he would taste grilled for dinner. Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero fretted about the safety of “El Pulpo Paul,” as he’s known in Spain, and offered Paul protection.

“I am concerned about the octopus,” Zapatero said. “I’m thinking about sending in a team to protect the octopus because obviously it was very spectacular that he should get Spain’s victory right from there.”

In response to hundreds of angry e-mails from disappointed German football fans who sent in recipe suggestions for the 2 1/2 year-old floppy mollusk, the aquarium actually did take extra precautions, Porwoll said.

“I even told our guards and people at the entrance to keep a close look at possible for football fans coming after Paul for revenge,” Porwoll said. He added, however, that the number of love declarations the aquarium is receiving from Paul’s fans far outweighed the hate mail.

“We’ve been getting tons of requests from around the globe about Paul’s visionary capabilities,” said Porwoll. “People want to ask Paul about their marriage prospects, the gender of their future baby or the outcome of upcoming elections.”

One reporter from Greece asked if Paul could predict the end of the financial crisis and German TV stations have offered the eight-legged psychic lucrative contracts for his post-World Cup life, he said.

Paul has even made waves in the business world.

Gary Jenkins, an economist with London’s Evolution Securities, hedged his market analysis note on Friday, conceding “unless Paul says differently.”

He added that “we did try and hire Paul the Octopus but we understand he is Goldman’s bound,” referring to the bank Goldman Sachs.

While Paul is no doubt the world’s most famous animal oracle these days, he is facing competition. In Singapore, Mani, a World Cup-forecasting parakeet, predicted a different outcome of Sunday’s final match.

Creeping out of his small wooden cage and choosing between two white cards— one hiding a Dutch flag, the other Spanish—the bird predicted the Netherlands will win its first World Cup championship, setting up a Mani-Paul showdown for Sunday.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 11, 2010 4:09 pm    Post subject: What a massacre Reply with quote

Thank god this massacre is over. What a godawful game. Netherlands playing like Hooligans.

Paul for president! Laughing
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 11, 2010 4:42 pm    Post subject: Netherlands Reply with quote

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Thank god this massacre is over. What a godawful game. Netherlands playing like Hooligans.

Paul for president! Laughing



Agree about the Neds. In fact they got on my radar for such style since 06 in Portugal game. From their first game in this World Cup I saw the same pattern again.

Spain played a superb attack game and not too shabby defense as well. The sole goal was very well deserved.

And last but not least, Paul for president of the world!!!!
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 11, 2010 6:04 pm    Post subject: Re: Unfailing Octopus Reply with quote

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Well we'll know if he's going to have a 100% correct prediction rate in about 12 hours or so won't we. Viva España!

It is 100 % accurate. Paul was right again. Spain won during the last few minutes of the extended play (can't remember the right phrase for that in English - "overtime" I guess). I was preparing myself to watch the shoot-outs, the way it was going, but Spain scored just in time. Olé, Viva España!

I saw that Queen Sofia was there to cheer on the Spanish team, and now is probably presiding over the celebrations of this historic win. First time that Spain wins the World Cup!

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What a godawful game. Netherlands playing like Hooligans.

To me, who knows less about football than you specialists and fans, it was a very boring game. Yesterday's was so much more exciting.

The Dutch got a total of 9 yellow cards, didn't they? That must be some kind of record. And one red card, but I'm not sure which side the red card went to - not that it matters. Spain won, a well-deserved victory, and that's that.

Spain is now the new World Champion - until 2014 in Brazil. That will be something to watch, the Brazilians playing on their home ground! Very Happy
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