Paul the Octopus, who rose to prominence for his accurate predictions of Germany's matches, has died.
Said to have been born in January 2008 in Weymouth, England, the octopus predicted the correct result of all but two of Germany's games during Euro 2008, failing to predict the defeats to Croatia and Spain.
At this summer's World Cup, he maintained a 100% record, getting all Germany's results right before opting for Spain to beat Netherlands in the final.
The octopus would select teams by choosing a food item from one of two boxes emblazoned with the respective countries' flags. He was given a replica World Cup trophy, garnished with three mussels, for his efforts during the tournament in South Africa.
Stefan Porwoll, manager of the Oberhausen Sea Life Centre in Germany that housed Paul, said: "We are consoled by the knowledge that he enjoyed a good life here and that the care provided him by our dedicated displays team could not have been bettered.
"His success made him almost a bigger story than the World Cup itself. We may decide to give Paul his own small burial plot within our grounds and erect a modest permanent shrine.
"While this may seem a curious thing to do for a sea creature, Paul achieved such popularity during his short life that it may be deemed the most appropriate course of action."
His owners rejected offers from bookmakers for Paul after the World Cup as they wanted him to "step back from the official oracle business", but his final prediction was that England would win the rights to host the 2018 World Cup.
Source: ESPN Soccernet
26 October 2010
11 October 2010
When he told me the reason why he hated me, I was really shocked because I never thought such stupid and brainless reason even existed.
This is how it all started. I still remember when I was in Form 1, I knew a friend, let's just call him C. We just knew each other but we instantly click and spent a lot of time together, playing video games, chatting and stuff.
Then, when I introduced him to my elder sister, he instantly fell in love with my sister. I wouldn't say it's a bad thing since my elder sister is just a year older than me. So when he asked me to help him woo my sister, I agreed and told my sister that my friend, C is in love with her.
My sister instantly declined since C isn't really a very good looking guy. So I told my friend that my sister is not interested in him.
All of a sudden, he turned into someone that I hardly even know. As you all know, I was actually an innocent middle person that was trapped in between him and my sister. But my friend started to hate me and I really don't understand why. It wasn't my fault that my sister was not interested in him so I asked him why did he hated me. He told me the reason for his hatred and I was dumbfounded. He said that it was all my fault for introducing him to my sister and thus made him fell in love with her and broke his heart.
That is not the worst part yet, he even asked me to return all the birthday gifts that he gave me. This is the worst friendship that I've ever had and probably the most memorable one.
I swear to myself that if I ever see him again, I'll give his @$$ a good kick. *sorry for the vulgarity*
04 October 2010
My love for this movie is too deep I'd wanna collect all the YouTube videos with dance moves :p
Dancing on Water (starting from 1:53)
Final Dance Sequence (Watch starting from 4:30)
Official Step Up 3D Dance Dub entry from Focal Point Dance Studio, Miami