Paul the Octopus is Dead? Long Live Paul the Octopus!

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The English-born Paul the Octopus died earlier this week. Now a French-born successor has been chosen, and assigned the same name. Meet Paul II: Soccer psychic junior. (via AP)

Anyone who follows the World Cup knows all about the acclaimed Paul the Octopus, who gained fame by predicting all seven of Germany’s World Cup wins — as well as Spain’s victory over the Netherlands in this year’s final. (See our roundup of the World Cup’s top ten moments)

He gave the world so many memories – helping German soccer fans to believe, while sparking outrage in Iran. Still, at the age of two and a half, the octopus passed away of natural causes Tuesday.

It only took a day for a new Paul to rise from the depths. Call it a gift from the PR gods.

A Sea Life aquarium spokeswoman said Wednesday that a new squid — born in the south of France, in the city of Montpellier — will be presented to the general public next week. He shall be given the name Paul. And he will carry on the legacy of arbitrary, absurd underwater sporting predictions.

The circle of life goes on.

13 comments
Newwave
Newwave

TB Joshua prophecy 2013: Plane had a problem even before take-off but was not noticed. If they had patiently checked they would

have caught it and 200 over lives would not have been lost.

consultsarath
consultsarath

Cannot agree totally with this comment. The co-pilots last words of communication has come minutes after the communication devices are turned off. There needs explanation if the devices can go off with minutes of gap between. Why did the voice communication device fail the last, if such a thing has happened? HOW DID SATELLITES RECEIVE PING for few hours after the communication and tracking stopped? This theory does not really support the random probabilities. The order in which devices stopped working, and other actions clearly indicate some foul play..


Most information about this is still hidden or not found in public news search. Some of the passengers who checked in did not actually board. Where are they? Have someone infiltrated into the plane? Some foul play can still be suspected. Hijacked to kill, or taken away from a distant island. 



tonybamm
tonybamm

This is exactly whats going in my mind for the last couple of days.. I know the probability of this being true is low, but this is the only probable explanation if we rule out Hijacking.. We should keep our mind open for all the probable explanations..


Prabhjot

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dskrao65
dskrao65

Assuming for a moment that there was a fire which melted ONLY the communication systems. will not the Air Plane explode? Will not some passengers atleast call their dear ones? Can an aircraft with a major fire fly for 7 hours after it catches fire with both pilots & all passengers unconscious/dead? If Pilots or not dead they might have used their Mobiles to call & report. Looking more unlikely.


I however pray that the Flight have landed somewhere and passengers are alive.


Regards,


DSK Rao

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CPasserBy
CPasserBy

Anyone who supports a theory that suggests this was not a planned action has to contend with the fact that the airplane vanished in the precise time window in which it crossed over a new airspace (into the Vietnamese airspace). The occurrence of such a timely catastrophic event has so low probability that it basically makes any such theory drop to being very unlikely.


Open your eyes. You cannot avoid the fact that the plane basically disappeared precisely where it, well, was best suited for it to vanish


Either it has to do in some way with computed navigation (?) pertaining to this waypoint, or it was fully premeditated. If this was premeditated, it has most likely been very well planned, has a very well-defined advanced purpose, and has the mark of very high levels of organization and skills.

iVivekMisra
iVivekMisra

Well,  I don't agree as the fire theory is weak. 1. There will be a MayDay call even in case of mass electrical outage. 2. In case of emergency landing, <pilots> won't take care of waypoints. 3. What about black-box beacon, it should have sent signal, even after crash.  4. Last signal was recorded around 8AM, which completely nullifies the fire theory  as in case would have crashed by that time.  

johnmarkclubb
johnmarkclubb

Why haven't the black boxes started pinging then?


appopt
appopt

What if there were no bad guys? Well, CNN would lose a lot of viewers!

ameraz
ameraz

It depends on where the fire was burning and what path it may have had possibly running into non-incendiary materials. If per Rodger, it was ignited by the ion lithium batteries may be it did had a certain path not affecting all equipment but something that generated enough gas or smoke to incapacitate the crew and passengers.

Possibly, they took it up to 45,000 feet to try and starve the fire and may be put enough of a dent in it that it didn’t spread like it may have otherwise. Then apparently a dive or stall to avoid fatal decompression. Then stabilized the plane at 23,000 feet only to discover that while the maneuver had fought off the fire, the deadly gas and smoke got the better of them.

Given that passenger/crew profile are coming up empty on links to terrorism and there is no evidence of the plane on the northern corridor so far, this seems to be more along the lines of what may have happened.

But, you never really know until you know.

dskrao65
dskrao65

@iVivekMisra  Exactly, also Pilots & Passengers would all be having their Mobile Phones and definitely some would be calling their near & dear ones.  If MayDay call does not happen in case of a major fire, Boeing has lot to explain