The Oracle Octopus and Mani parrot are making more headlines than the FIFA players. Forget FIFA match winners Netherland’s Wesley Sniejder and even the Spain’s star Carles Puyol, the headline grabber of FIFA 2010 continues to be Paul, psychic Octopus of Germany and new league of celeb join him is Mani, a parrot, psychic bird of Singapore.
And, like every sensational celebrity, Paul now has fans following him in Sea Life aquarium in Oberhausen, Germany and dishes naming after him, and even some sending him death threats. In comparison to Paul, Mani is less admired.
Till now fans were depending on Paul predictions, and he had predicted all of Germany’s results correctly even including the defeats against Serbia in the group stages and Spain in the semi-finals. In Singapore Mani parrot crept out it’s his small wooden cage and had to choose between two white cards, one hiding the flag of the Netherlands, the other Spain. Mani grabbed a card in his beak and flipped it over to reveal the Dutch flag and predicted The Netherlands will win its first World Cup championship.
First time in history, octopus and parrot predictions have given new turning point to FIFA 2010. Is it match going between Spain vs The Netherlands or match between Paul Octopus vs Mani Parrot? People all over the world are more interested in creatures than 11 players. None the less two different predictions have made watching the final between these two teams even more interesting. Paul Octopus of German is being challenged by Mani Parrot of Singapore.
Like Paul, 13 years old Mani has become a local celebrity. His owner 80 years old M.Muniyappan, a fortune teller claimed that Mani usually forecasting future, lottery numbers, and when to get marriage etc. Mani has accurately forecast the World Cup’s four quarterfinal games and Spain’s victory over Germany. However, this is the first time Mani has attempted to forecast the outcome of sports competitions. He is special bird and people even respect him.
However, Mani’s 100% correct predictions for the FIFA 2010 were never publicised while millions of fans have seen Paul picking the winner on different media. Paul had also worked as a psychic during the Euro championship two years ago when it famously made a wrong prediction by picking Germany to beat Spain. Paul has got support from Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luiz Rodriquez Zapatero, who has joked he will provide Paul with a team of bodyguards
Whom would you believe? Paul or Mani?
Paul Octopus :
Mani the Parrot :