Has an octopus ever created such a ruckus before?
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, president of Iran, is incensed with the actions of the genius squid. The man with an eleven letter last name claims that Paul the Oracle Octopus is yet another example of evil “western propaganda and superstition.”
Of course for those who don’t know about Paul, he is the famous octopus that selected a mussel out of one of two clear containers marked with the nation’s flag this summer. And the legendary World Cup predictor of Germany matches finished with a perfect 7 out of 7 correct picks for the nation’s side. And just to prove his greatness Paul also accurately picked the final match of the Cup and, thus, El Pulpo Paul is know a legendary squid in Spain as well and hated by a few madmen in Germany, where the octopus received death threats for rightly picking against the national team in the semi-finals.
And apparently more then just die-hard Germany fans want the squid to, well, sleep with the fishes now that his fame has reached such an extremely high level. President Ahmadinejad of Iran is completely obsessed with the Oracle Octopus and dedicated a great deal of time denigrating the sensation of the soccer loving squid during his speech in Tehran over the weekend:
Those who believe in this type of thing cannot be the leaders of the global nations that aspire, like Iran, to human perfection, basing themselves in the love of all sacred values.
Human perfection? Is that what’s going on in Iran? Certainly not in the game of football where the lowly nation has never achieved as much fame as one mussel-eating octopus has. The truth is that nobody actually “believes” Paul is godly or a true oracle (well except for maybe this guy who had the Octopus tattooed on his back), but if anything Paul has provided us all with some mindless comedy and the story is an amusing one simply because of the fact that an octopus is better at picking World Cup matches then any clever human being.
In fact Paul is “perfect” at picking these matches and although he is just a squid and not human, I’d rather drink a beer with Paul then Ol’ Mahmoud anytime because at least one of the two personalities seems the least bit likable. And I never did get to see Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s World Cup predictions because the guy never responded to my fantasy World Cup football invitation(quite rude Ahmadi) this summer, but my guess is that one squid probably would have completely outsmarted the enraged president.
So I think it is safe to say that somebody is a bit jealous of the squid for making better selections then his own. Besides more people know who Paul the Octopus is then Mahmoud Ahmadinejad anyway, so who cares what the wannabe perfectionist thinks.
Because Paul is the real thing and not some phony politician.