One of the breakout stars of the 2010 World Cup was Paul the octopus, an “animal oracle” that rose to fame by correctly predicting the results of all eight Germany matches as well as the winner of the final.
Sadly, Paul passed away later in 2010. His shoes will obviously be tough to fill for this tournament (and not just because there are eight of them).
Enter: Penguins. One penguin named Don Juan is one of Germany’s “penguin World Cup oracles.”
At an event at the Spreewald Spa in Germany, Don Juan predicted a German win over Ghana this coming Saturday by nudging the Germany ball first with his beak.
Curiously, all of Don Juan’s penguin friends also appear to have picked Germany. Something seems fishy here…
No, literally, maybe they stuffed the German ball with fish?
Meanwhile, over in Tokyo, a 2-year-old penguin named Aochan made a prediction on the opening Japan vs. Ivory Coast match by spinning a wheel with her beak. The wheel predicted a Japan draw, but the Ivory Coast went on to win that match, 2-1.
The verdict is still out on the accuracy of penguins as World Cup oracles. Thankfully, any lack of psychic ability is made up tenfold by cuteness.