Have you heard of Paul, the German octopus of British extraction who has a perfect 6-0 record in predicting World Cup matches? Well, he chose Spain to win and, for his betrayal of the fatherland, some Germans are demanding he be turned into paella — or worse.

Here’s how Paul works his magic: Two boxes are lowered into his habitat, each containing a mussel and each depicting the flag of either Germany or its next World Cup rival. Speaking truth to Germans, Paul chose Spain. Spain won and now the locals aren’t very happy with Paul.

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