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Opossum Oscars

I loved Paul the Octopus and followed his predictions closely during the 2010 World Cup. The startling accuracy of his prophecies inspired the pride of his countrymen at times and the ire of his hungrier compatriots at others. Of course, I was deeply saddened when he passed away last October.

Since that time Paul has been immortalized by his fans and made the subject of much discussion. I, for one, like to think he lives on in spirit. And perhaps a bit of Paul’s prophetic perspicacity continues in Germany’s newest oracle, Heidi the Cross-Eyed Possum.

Heidi has garnered a lot of attention in the wake of Paul’s passing and recently she’s made some waves with her Oscar predictions. Pawing her picks for the year’s biggest entertainment awards, Heidi has given her nod to several nominees, including Natalie Portman for Best Actress and Colin Firth for Best Actor.

Hope you still have time to get in your office Oscar pool.

The Question of Costumes: Goodosphere Is Your Halloween Haberdashery

I love Halloween. Each year it brings fun stuff like pumpkin patches, TV specials and fly-by-night Halloween stores that materialize like spectres only to again vanish after Novemeber 1st.

As much as I enjoy the picture above, Spooky Sean(ce) already nailed the best pet costume of the year (step aside iPhone pooch). But for the humans, I offer this: my predictions and suggestions for top Halloween costumes this year.

Costumes I predict will be popular:
Most prevalent: Lady Gaga
Most gender neutral: Justin Bieber
Most depressing commentary on our culture: Snooky/The Situation
Most predictable yet visually appealing: Avatar
Most easily executable: Tiger Woods

I don’t have a problem with the above (per se) but I think we can do better. Here are some costumes I’d like to see this year:

Chilean Miners/Minors
How adorable would it be if a couple of scruffy looking kids in hardhats came to your door? Tip for parents: smudge some dirt on their noses and number them #33, #32, …

Toxic Asset
This one’s for the adventurous. I suggest glow-in-the-dark paint and a hazardous waste sign. Don’t get sucked into a political debate about TARP though. That could negatively impact the treats market.

Paul The Clairvoyant Octopus
This lovable celaphod squirmed into our hearts when he correctly predicted Germany’s success (or lack thereof) in this year’s World Cup. Sadly, Paul passed away earlier this week but you can immortalize him with a Halloween costume this year. Tips: have some predictions ready to go (‘I see candy corn in your future’ or ‘You’ll take down some decorations in November’ are safe bets).