Forget the Russian spies or the still leaking well in the Gulf of Mexico. One of the biggest news stories of this week is about a German psychic octopus named Paul. Dubbed the oracle of Oberhausen, Paul has correctly predicted all six of Germany’s World Cup games, including this week's loss to Spain in the semi-finals, by selecting food from one of two containers, decorated with the flags of the competing nations. He's chosen Spain again to take the finals, prompting chefs from Barcelona to Bilbao to respectfully pull pulpo from their menus.
As the World Cup concludes this weekend, Paul certainly has earned more foes than friends, predicting England, Serbia, Argentina, Ghana, and even his own homeland's ejection from the competition. In honor of those nations who Paul has so coldly betrayed, and without revealing where any personal allegiances lie, this week's Best Link Ever!!! comes from an episode of a completely insane Japanese children's television show. from the mid 1970's called “Kure Kure Takora.” Here an adorable, though clearly not psychic, octopus watches a miniature version of himself absolutely beaten to a pulp-o. Did I get my point across, Paul?