Do you think "Paul The Octopus" can correctly predict the outcome of world cup football matches?
Of course not. Any apparent success is purely by chance. Even experts find football unpredictable to forecast results. Because it is low scoring, surprise results are more common than other sports. This gives lesser teams a good chance to produce a giant-killing upset. It is made worse by the generally low standard of refereeing, failure to penalise cheating sufficiently, and refusal by ruling bodies to use replays and technology to ensure more accurate results.
There are countless types of augury, none of which perform better than chance in controlled tests. Oracles in classical times looked at the entrails of slaughtered animals or the flight of birds. Others cast runes, roll dice or flip coins. None has any relation to the subject and none gives any prescience of the events.
Well, the success rate so far is 80% so I guess if you are a betting man, 80% odds are pretty good!
The latest prediction is Spain to beat Germany in the semis so all you German fans out there keep your fingers cross cause in this match up Paul has been wrong before. In the 2008 European Championship he picked Germany to win but Spain took the match beating Germany 1-0.
by torimari 8 years ago
http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2010 … icks-spain"The octopus said to have psychic powers after predicting all of Germany's six World Cup games correctly, has had his say regarding the final in Johannesburg on Sunday – and it is good news for Spain."Yup, psychic octopus has...
by apollowb 8 years ago
how can Paul be so smart?Paul, an octopus from Germany, could predict the result of the 2010 World Cup South Africa ! how can he do it?
by urs_dipak 8 years ago
Can the octopus Pal predict when poverty and terrorism will end from the world?Can the octopus Pal predict when poverty and terrorism will end from the world?
by JoshuaVerum 24 months ago
People who blame God for suffering are therefore claiming He exists!Many atheists do this too which is ironic as they claim He doesn't exist. I call it the " Blame God Paradox ".
by peter565 3 years ago
Why can octopus predict competition outcome?Remember South Africa World cup, that octopus correctly predict every match's outcome. Later, in Australia, they decide for fun use it to predict election outcome and surprisingly, the prediction is also accurate. Any thought?
by Mutiny92 8 years ago
Spain will win the world cup!http://www.cnn.com/2010/SPORT/football/ … ml?hpt=Mid
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