Oddly Enough

Oracle Octopus picks Germany to beat England at Cup

A two year-old octopus "Paul", the so-called "octopus oracle" predicts Germany's victory in their World Cup last 16 clash against England by choosing a mussel, from a glass box with the German flag instead of a glass box with the England flag, at the Sea Life Aquarium in the western German city of Oberhausen June 25, 2010. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

BERLIN (Reuters) - An octopus born in England and living in a German aquarium that has correctly picked the winner of Germany’s three World Cup results so far Friday tipped Joachim Loew’s side to beat England in Sunday’s match.

The eight-legged octopus named Paul, a denizen of Sea Life in Oberhausen, has become a celebrity oracle in Germany after accurately predicting Germany would beat Australia in the opening Group D match, would lose to Serbia and then beat Ghana.

Friday, Paul once again was given the choice of picking food from two different plastic containers lowered into his tank -- one with an England flag on it and one with a German flag.

The container Paul opens first is seen as his pick.

Paul moved quickly and opened the box with the Germany flag, a selection that soon made it into national news broadcasts across Germany. Paul was born in Weymouth, England.

“Paul went rather quickly for the Germany flag,” said Sea Life spokeswoman Tanja Munzig. “He’s got a 100-percent average in the World Cup so far. At the Euro in 2008 he got it right for four out of Germany’s five matches.”

Reporting by Erik Kirschbaum; editing by Paul Casciato