Some say Paul is the real winner in the 2010 World Cup. And I say, what scam is this??? Yes, it is rather entertaining to see an octopus with 8 tentacles made 8 right predictions in 8 games; and at the same time, it is rather disappointing that he made that right guess for the very last match in which Netherlands, my fave, was defeated in honor by the Spanish.
I was not really aware about this creature’s ‘superb ability’ until my wife, Sarah, told me about it (when she was engaged in this world-cup thingy since then) in his early ‘performance’. Then I started to see again and again that he was quite consistent. But how do we know that he did it himself?? We don’t know. I was as skeptic as I am now.
Is it possible that the food they place in those glass boxes with the flags are real and fake food? Why not? Maybe somebody (allegedly his keeper) who made the prediction and put Paul’s real fave food on the box with the nation’s flag he predicted to win, and put the fake food in the other box. Who knows? In the case, the creature’s keeper should be winning a lotta money.
Some silly believers think that he got 8 brains, one in his respective tentacle and each of them makes the-then correct guess. Some other democratic (and even more silly) believers are sure that he has 9 brains and every time Paul makes prediction, the brains manage the voting and fortunately the ‘majority brains’ win the right answer.
I chose Netherlands because I want to proof that Paul is just an octopus and I don’t believe him; because Netherlands crushed Brazil (my first fave); and because Indonesia has taught Holland to play good football as long as 3,5 centuries. They just forgot to play with guerrilla tactic in the extra-time last night.
However, last night, minority folks who supported Netherlands in the sport hall of Indonesian Embassy in Bangkok, including myself and the Indonesian Ambassador for Thailand, were forced to see that Paul’s prediction gave moral support to Spain and it took effect on the end minutes of the game.
The nervous Spain supporters in dark-blue shirt they bought the day before, who previously cried ‘Paul liar! Paul liar…!’ when no goals were in sight, finally hailed Paul in the end after Andres Iniesta netted the ball. The small number yet noisy supporters of the Netherlands were stunned in disbelieve……
Well, off course loyal Netherlands fans are not affected by Paul’s power gimmick. They mock him as lucky squid instead of an oracle-octopus and like to have him grilled with Thai sour spicy sauce. Yummy…!!