On The Shell and Mantle, I’m hoping to feature stories in the news about weird stuff octopuses do in captivity. I don’t actually think octopuses will take over the world–those pesky endocrine secretions that kill them after mating, and all– but I find it darling how they try. I’ll certainly feature some throwbacks to my favorite stories in past years as well.
Onto the main event! The World Cup, naturally. It’s a big deal, and stuff. I cop to being a philistine who finds televised soccer unwatchable, but the drone of the vuvuzela (In case you can’t get enough, here you go) is omnipresent these days. What could make the World Cup more interesting? A supposedly psychic octopus, of course! Paul, from the Sealife Aquarium in Oberhausen, will predict the outcome of soccer games by choosing a mussel in a box marked with a country’s flag on it. He’s not always right (surprise!) but he did predict Spain’s win over Germany in the semifinals.
See him in action!