As atribulações de um oráculo
Ninguém pode dizer que a derrota da Alemanha frente à Espanha era inesperada. O polvo Paul já a tinha previsto. Mas se até agora o polvo feito adivinho tinha atraído a curiosidade e a simpatia dos germânicos, depois da derrota da Mannschaft muitos pedem a cabeça do Oráculo de Oberhausen. Caso para dizer se a notícia não agrada mate-se o mensageiro, como escreve a Der Spiegel:
[…] If Paul had slipped up, gleeful Germans might have forgotten him entirely. But on Thursday their Facebook and Twitter feeds were full of octopus recipes.
“Into the deep fryer!” one German tweeted Thursday morning.
“Grill the octopus oracle,” another recommended. “Throw Paul in the saucepan.”
A third linked to an idea for Spanish braised octopus in paprika sauce.
More pragmatic Twitter users recommended the cephalopod for government work. “What about a prognosis for currency reform? or even a job as German chancellor?” wrote “Währungsreform.”
Another just thanked the octopus for a full night’s rest, although Paul has never in his career claimed to control the football games he seems to predict.
“Thank you Paul,” wrote “Telegehirn.” “Last night was soooo quiet.”
Paul will predict one more contest on Friday — this weekend’s Germany-Uruguay match for third place — before slithering back to obscurity.