The ‘psychic’ octopus was right!

As predicted by Paul, the ‘psychic’ octopus, Spain overcame an impressive German team via a single goal from the head of Puyol.  RTÉ match report here.  Sunday’s FIFA World Cup Final will now see the Spanish side take on the Netherlands. 

Here’s RussiaToday’s report of that prediction.

On rumours that the eight-tentacled wonder had gone into hiding following reported death threats, The Spoof tells us that residents of Newby, Isle of Wight, have been sworn to secrecy…

And I, for one, welcome our new cephalopod overlords…

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  • RepublicanStones

    I’d say there’ll be some takoyaki consumed in Berlin tonight.

  • You are avin aa larf mate.. Its the silly season right enough.

  • Pete Baker


    By all accounts Paul, the octopus, has a very successful record of predictions…

  • Pete Baker

    And then they eat him! I think I will stick to Tarot, or tea leaves, or even, if I can ever afford one, a crystal ball. Not edible and possibly not accurate but, look on the bright side, no tentacles.

  • Pete Baker

    Well, now, they haven’t eaten him yet 😉

  • Pete Baker

    You got me! Night night, dont let the bed bugs bite, or the tentacles sting..

  • Driftwood

    Forlan , Klose and Suarez are still on course for top scorer, courtesy the 3rd place playoff, Viva Uruguay!

    It would be nice to see Suarez as top scorer and top goalie for the tournament.

    The Orangemen will triumph on 11 July though.

  • fitzjameshorse1745

    but can the Octopus predict the result of the Sham Fight at Scarva on Tuesday. Im going for a score draw with King James to win on penalties.

  • Alan Maskey

    I guess Ulster’s embittered Orangies will howl to the moon if Holland (ex slave traders, white slave traffickers etc) beat Spain. Black Legend and all that.
    I must say the World Cup was a damp squid. Still, as long as Fifa rake in the $$$

  • HeinzGuderian

    You’re a bitter little man Al……………….nothing Paddy Power can do about that !! But what they can do is offer Nadal to reach the Wimbledon Final,and Spain to reach the World Cup Final @ 5/2 !!!

    I partook of their very generous sign up bonus of £50,and had myself a cool £100 on the Spanish double !! 🙂

    Not just Fifa raking in the £££££££ 🙂

    ( I love that octopus)

  • DC

    It was liquid football by Spain – they don’t overplay it – they sucked the life out of the game and locked their own play down as a result of it.

    Nice header all the same.

  • Rory Carr

    The result wasn’t fair though. Germany would probably have scored goals if only those selfish cheating Spaniards hadn’t kept the ball all to themselves. There should be a law against it !

  • Alan

    Yes, but . . .

    What group of wasters thought to offer up food to the octopus in two boxes so a prediction could be made in the first place ?

  • Greenflag

    Ogden Nash

    Tell me O Octopus I begs
    Is those things arms

    Or is they legs
    If I were thou -O Octupus
    Instead of me
    I’d call me us

    GF version inspired by the disappearance of very large potential winnings on a German World Cup at double digit odds .

    Tell me O Octopus I begs
    Is those things arms or is they legs
    I I were thou O Octupus
    I’d know when to expect
    Londons rara avis
    The 137 bus

    The Germans missed young Mueller (unfairly yellow carded in and thus Podolski and Klose were (no pun intended ) closed out.

    Great header to win the game though . On the 11th I’ll be an ‘orange supporter ‘ for the 90 minutes for obvious financially related reasons 😉

  • Rory Carr

    Sorry, Greenflag, this is just niggling me too much so, at the risk of seeming a pedant ( Daily Mail, please note: no relation to anything beginning with paedo…), I just can’t let that third line of yours stay uncorrected, viz.:

    “If I were thee, O Octupus “

  • Greenflag

    Rory ,

    If I say your not a pedant then you’re not a pedant . And I’m not saying that with a lisp 🙂

    Thee or thou Thou or Thee
    Which oh which is it to be ?

    I’ve seen both quoted .

    Spike Milligan sees it other

    Said Hamlet to Ophelia,
    I’ll draw a sketch of thee,
    What kind of pencil shall I use?
    2B or not 2B?

    The Great Nasher provides the saving scuse himself in his 😉

    Laments for a Dying Language

    Coin brassy words at will, debase the coinage;
    We’re in an if-you-cannot-lick-them-join age,
    A slovenliness provides its own excuse age,
    Where usage overnight condones misusage.
    Farewell, farewell to my beloved language,
    Once English, now a vile orangutanguage.…

    Just an excerpt, however. You’ll have to go to the library for that one!

    Here’s an Ogden Nash Archive:

  • To Whom it May Concern

    Pedant = A person who makes excessive or inappropriate display of learning.

    Not from the Daily Mail, which I do not read, but from Google, quicker and cheaper.

  • RepublicanStones
  • Pete Baker


    Didn’t I mention those reported threats in the original post?

  • RepublicanStones

    Indeed you did Pete, although he seems to be getting a reprieve. But as his powers seemed limited to predicting Germany’s results i think this is just prolonging the inevitable..

  • I got as far as they want to eat the Octopus, and stopped. I dont suppose he is owned by a bookmaker is he.


    My commiserations on the loss of your almost winnings.

    Ogden Nash:

    Candy is dandy,
    But Liquor is quicker.

    Gwan, drown your sorrows, and never worry what the ingenious Nash was referring to.

  • percy

    peteb you’ve missed this one dude:

    I wonder if that’s worth an orange parade in itself !!!

    I would 😉

  • Driftwood

    Nuff said.

    But get a few quid on Uruguay to beat Germany at 6/1 on Betfair. They want it more and with Suarez back….

    You heard it here first.

  • paul is surely the hottest psychic

  • In Soviet Russia

    our new cephalopod overlords welcome You!