Calamari Paul

NOON -- The Germans may have lost in the World Cup, but they've maintained their characteristic sense of humor. The Washington Post carries the Reuters report:

    Some Germans are calling for a public roasting of the oracle octopus who correctly picked the winner of all six of their national soccer team's World Cup matches -- including a bitter defeat to Spain on Wednesday.

    Paul, a two-year-old octopus in a German aquarium, turned into a global celebrity for his uncanny ability to predict the winner of all Germany's matches...

    German newspapers and websites were filled with suggestions of what to do with Paul -- most involved cooking and eating him.
Octowurst, anyone?

— Larry, Attack Monkey, Light Reading

yarn 12/5/2012 | 4:30:35 PM
re: Calamari Paul

I bet Paul only intended to hand the Spanish their victory on a platter. Although their may be an interesting parallel to the final supper by eating his flesh, I think he should be canonized! Already some believe that Paul is the avatar of the Flying Spaghetti monster (http://blogs.timesofindia.indi.... Cook him at your own peril!

shygye75 12/5/2012 | 4:30:35 PM
re: Calamari Paul

On the positive side, grilled Paul would be a huge step forward for the national cuisine -- provided there are some good Spanish cooks in the kitchen.

yarn 12/5/2012 | 4:30:35 PM
re: Calamari Paul

I think LR should come to the rescue. Paul the Octopus and Larry the monkey would make a great team: creativity and credibility! Think of the possibilities:-)

Larry, Monkey 12/5/2012 | 4:30:35 PM
re: Calamari Paul


Could be bigger than LeBron and Dwyane [sic].

Watch for my TV Special.

Pete Baldwin 12/5/2012 | 4:30:33 PM
re: Calamari Paul

Excellent idea, and much better than grilling poor Paul.  Imagine if we cooked every analyst who made wrong predictions (HEY - don't get any ideas...)

Didn't we have an octopus at one point?  Back when Byte & Switch got created, we tried out an octopus mascot for them, IIRC.  Didn't catch on like Larry did.  (I'm not saying monkey sabotage was involved, but....)

shygye75 12/5/2012 | 4:30:32 PM
re: Calamari Paul

Paul is potentially under fire (or over fire) for getting his predictions right, not wrong. We try to leave the errant predictions to the journalists. :)


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