As the international tug-of-war between Germans wanting to eat him and Spaniards wanting to protect him to the death does something less than rage on, Paul the Oracle Octopus has continued with his charlatan ways and picked winners of both the third-place match and the World Cup final. Given Paul's perfect record in picking his food out of the box covered with the flag of the team that goes on to win the World Cup match, these choices have now reached gospel status. Television networks in
, Germany and the Spain interrupted their programming to broadcast their octopus overlord's decisions live on Friday. And then they waited, eager and nervous. For an octopus to eat a piece of food. Netherlands
First up was the
vs. Uruguay third-place match. And according to Reuters, Paul is becoming a bit of a showman: Germany
On Friday Paul first settled on top of the
container but after a few minutes shifted to the Germany container. Then after about 15 minutes he went back to Uruguay container, quickly opened the lid and ate the morsel of food inside. Germany
Fifteen minutes to make a pick? Come on, Paul. Don't be like LeBron.
was probably a smart decision, though. Maybe it will quell the death threats and allow Paul to finally get back to a normal life. Yet, we do know that Paul didn't make his pick under duress because, well, he's an octopus and doesn't know what these people are doing to him. Germany
Anyway, which box would Paul select when humbly asked to make a special non-German match second selection? Who will win it all, Paul —
or the Spain ? Tell us so we can bask in your tentacled glory! Spanish television personalities awaited his decision with mild interest... Netherlands
Also featured in that Reuters video report at the top is that prognosticating parakeet threat to Paul's crown, and Paul's captor speaking casually about the octopus' rapidly impending death. Assuming, of course, that Paul is like every other mortal octopus and not, in fact, the Highlander.