Some might say, with eight legs, one would make quite the footballer. However, Paul the Octopus, sans bones, found fame in the World Cup not on the field but from his uncanny ability to predict all of the German national team football matches correctly. And now, he has been immortalised from within a different kind of fish bowl, that of the iPhone screen in the form of an application called, ‘Ask the Octopus’.
The iPhone application was developed by Brazilian software company, uTouchLabs, and currently costs US$0.99. The app allows users to key in two options (choc top or popcorn?) before a cartoon octopus pops up on screen to choose between the presented choices.
However, it hasn’t always been smooth sailing for the sea oracle. After predicting that Germany would lose to eventual champions Spain in the semi-finals, German supporters threatened to cook him. But I am happy to report that Paul, who currently resides in the Sea Life Centre in Oberhausen, Germany is still alive and has not been made into a stew or curry.
In fact, most recently, Paul the Psychic was given the task of predicting the Abbott, Gillard election, and after a shaky start, honed in on Gillard as his final decision.