World Cup 2010

Paul the Octopus' final picks

By now you've surely heard that an octopus is the greatest gambling tool in the world.

A day before the third-place match and two days before the World Cup final, Paul the Octopus has made his selections. It's unclear if he can change his mind between now and the first kick. Here are Paul's picks:

For the winner of the third-place match:

Think this octopus craze is a bit much? Going out to buy an octopus of your own? Do you think his picks are correct for both matches?

Share your thoughts below.

  • SeattleStan

    Yeah, and I’m pretty sure that’s how it was with the Spain Germany match as well.


  • peterjh

    Well, assuming randomness, there is a 50% chance he would pick the same flag twice, so I doubt there’s a while lot you can really read into that.


  • JeffM

    Well, my bracket had France going to the semi-final, so the psychic cephalopod system has to be at least as reliable as whatever logic compelled me to make that pick.


  • JL

    I don’t believe he’s got any real predictive power, but that creature is COOL.


  • mwc

    True on these picks, but this has not been the case on all of his picks. For example, he slid past Argentina’s box to pick Germany and switched boxes to pick Spain over Germany. Yes, I do have a gambling problem, thank you.


  • peterjh

    A quick Google and I see the English flag was the closest one…

    Don’t doubt the Octopus!


  • Detroit!

    Next stop for Paul: getting thrown onto the ice when the Red Wings win the Stanley Cup.


  • WTF Starbucks

    Paul should of done an octopus’s equivalent to taking a dive while making this selection to illustrate what it will be like to watch these teams play each other.


  • BarcaGirl

    alright…… let’s kidnap Paul and see how much people will go crazy… who’s with me!!!!! =D


  • twitter.com/FulhamPete

    Listen to the voices in the background. They’re German…

    …The URU tank was sealed.

    And I’ve actually got a close friend who’s a reporter for RT. Thanks for giving them air/bandwidth, Avi.


  • Jamez

    I notices this punk pics the Box in the right every times. these Frauds know what they are doing and are getting your attention and alot of money off this crap lol. I’m still going with Holland.


  • Tony in Quakleand

    He’s wrong this time…get the breadcrumbs and tartar sauce ready!


  • war

    Maybe he can pick D.C’s next D.P. Had to say it. I had Holland from the begging and I’m sticking with them


  • mwc

    Well, if the octopus is a fraud, then whoever it is that is placing flags on the right side box needs to quit working at the aquarium and start his/her own gambling website.


  • Goalscorer24

    What is it he eats muscles? They should put multiple ones in each box so he can determine the score too!


  • phil

    i love it! we should have him vote kings premiers and presidents in as well… make the octopus and Oracle like the god ol days!

    anyone got a witch that needs burning BTW?


  • inkedAG

    Octopus is good when it is prepared as tako su and sushi/sashimi.

    I also had an octopus stew at a Turkish restaurant and it was delicious.


  • r.benjamin

    I just spent 3 minutes of my life watching an octopus pick from a box and was geniunely interested to know from which one. Hilarious.


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