Paul the Octopus in Johor State Assembly

Posted on July 9, 2010

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As reported on Jul 9 : The Star Online

NUSAJAYA: The so-called psychic Paul the Octopus made an “appearance” at the state assembly after assemblymen digressed from their debate to dwell on the World Cup Final.

Datuk Abdul Aziz Sapian (BN – Nusajaya) started the ball rolling when he “challenged” state assembly Speaker Datuk Ali Hassan to place a bet on the winning team in the Spain vs Netherlands final, adding that the loser would have to treat the winner to a meal. Ali then quipped that he would “not dare make a bet with anybody before Paul the Octopus makes its prediction.”

“Saya nak tunggu sotong tu dulu (I will wait for the octopus),” he said as the whole assembly erupted with laughter.

In his speech, R. Vidyanathan (BN – Kahang) said the scoreline for the final match could end up with no goals. “The World Cup final will end with no goals for both sides and the teams will have to go into extra time.

“With that, I also need some extra time to finish my speech,” said Vidyanathan, who only managed to wriggle an extra minute from Ali to wind up his points.

While in Germany :

AFP News : World Cup: Viva Espana, says Paul the ‘psychic’ octopus
July 9, 2010, 6.30 pm (Singapore time)

OBERHAUSEN (Germany) – Let the fiesta begin. Spain will win the football
World Cup for the first time in their history on Sunday, according to Paul,
the ‘psychic’ octopus with a perfect prediction record.

The eight-legged oracle, who has become a World Cup sensation by correctly
predicting all six Germany games, very quickly plumped for Spain on Friday
carried live on national German television.

Earlier, the two-year-old mollusc medium also said that Germany, his country
of residence, would defeat Uruguay in the third-place play-off game on
Saturday.

In the now familiar routine, two boxes were lowered into his tank, each
containing a mussel and the flags of the two opposing teams.
The tentacled tipster went straight to the Spanish box, wrenched open the
lid and gobbled the tasty morsel.

But the art of football predicting has become a dangerous job for the
English-born clairvoyant cephalopod with some bitter German fans threatening
to turn him into sushi after he predicted a semi-final defeat for the
Mannschaft.

Paul’s home, an aquarium in western Germany, has received death-threat
emails saying ‘we want Paul for the pan,’ said entertainment supervisor
Daniel Fey.
‘Since yesterday our colleagues have kept a very close eye on Paul,’ Mr Fey
added.

No less an authority than Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luiz Rodriguez
Zapatero has called for octopus bodyguards.
‘I am concerned for the octopus … I am thinking of sending him a
protective team,’ joked Zapatero on Radio Cadena Ser.

Spanish Industry Minister Miguel Sebastian has called for the creature to be
given an ‘immediate’ free transfer to Spain to ‘ensure his protection.’

The honour of Paul’s mother was called into question, according to
witnesses.

Friday’s prediction is expected to be the last for Paul, who in octopus
terms is a pensioner, at the grand old age of two-and-a-half. Octopuses
generally live three years at the latest. — AFP

It’s Spain! Oracle Paul the Psychic Octopus predicts Spain will beat Holland and win the World Cup. The world-famous octopus could be seen sitting on a tank marked with a Spanish flag for only a few minutes before grabbing out a mussel and devouring it, while completely ignoring the Dutch tank indicating a Spanish victory in Sunday’s final match in the World Cup.