Berlin: Eight octopuses in Germany competed on Friday to replace the late oracle Paul by predicting the result of the opening match of the women's soccer World Cup between host Germany and Canada.
The contest between aquariums around Germany will determine which cephalopod, if any, can repeat the clairvoyant feats of Paul, who shot to international fame after correctly predicting matches of the World Cup in South Africa last year.
Paul died in October of natural causes at the age of almost three - a ripe old age in octopus terms.
With the women's event opening on Sunday, television showed live coverage of octopuses with names like Paula and Paul II attempting to predict the outcome of the first match by plucking mussels out of containers bearing the two countries' flags....more
12:12 PM, Jun 26, 2011