Oracle Paul the Octopus
Mad Hatter Mosaic Vintage Window
27"H x 32"W x2.5"D
Re-purposed, recycled materials: vintage window from Savannah, GA, handmade, hand-cut multicolored stained glass, brass hardware, white chain for hanging, jewelry findings, black sanded grout, with colordul accents and enhancements
PAUL THE OCTOPUS Born: 01/26/2008 – 10/26/2010 From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Paul was a common octopus used to predict the results of association football matches. Accurate predictions in the 2010 World Cup brought him worldwide attention as an animal oracle.
During divinations, Paul's keepers would present him with two boxes containing food. The boxes were identical except that they were decorated with the different team flags of the competitors in an upcoming football match. Whichever box Paul ate from first was considered his prediction for which team would win the match.
His keepers at the Sea Life Centre in Oberhausen, Germany, mainly tasked him with predicting the outcomes of international matches in which the Germany national football team was playing. Paul correctly chose the winning team in four of Germany's six Euro 2008 matches, and all seven of their matches in the 2010 World Cup—including Germany's third place play-off win over Uruguay on 10 July. He also correctly chose Spain as the winner of the 2010 FIFA World Cup final. In all, Paul amassed an overall record of 12 correct predictions out of 14: a success rate of approximately 85.7%.