Penguin Prognosticators

One of the breakout stars of the 2010 World Cup was Paul the octopus, an “animal oracle” that rose to fame by correctly predicting the results of all eight Germany matches as well as the winner of the final. Sadly, Paul passed away later in 2010. His multiple shoes will obviously be tough to fill for this tournament (and not just because there are eight of them).

The Penguin Post is proud to report the new animal oricle this year are Penguins, and one special penguin named Don Juan is one of Germany’s “penguin World Cup oracles.”

At an event at the Spreewald Spa in Germany, the flightless Don Juan predicted a German win over Ghana this coming Saturday by nudging the Germany ball first with his beak. Curiously, all of Don Juan’s penguin friends also appear to have picked Germany.

A penguin approaches a ball displaying the national flag of Germany (C) near another featuring Ghana' flag (R) at the Spreewelten-Bad, a sauna and swimming-pool facilities with penguins, in Lubbenau, eastern Germany, during an oracle event organized on June 19, 2014 on the eve of the FIFA World cup Brazil football match Germany vs Ghana.

A penguin approaches a ball displaying the national flag of Germany (C) near another featuring Ghana’ flag (R) at the Spreewelten-Bad, a sauna and swimming-pool facilities with penguins, in Lubbenau, eastern Germany, during an oracle event organized on June 19, 2014 on the eve of the FIFA World cup Brazil football match Germany vs Ghana.

Meanwhile, over in Tokyo, a 2-year-old penguin named Aochan made a prediction on the opening Japan vs. Ivory Coast match by spinning a wheel with her beak. The wheel predicted a Japan draw, but the Ivory Coast went on to win that match, 2-1.  Apparently, spinning a wheel is no way to pick a winner.

Meanwhile, over in Tokyo, a 2-year-old penguin named Aochan made a prediction on the opening Japan vs. Ivory Coast match by spinning a wheel with her beak. The wheel predicted a Japan draw, but the Ivory Coast went on to win that match, 2-1.

Meanwhile, over in Tokyo, a 2-year-old penguin named Aochan made a less than accurate prediction via the wheel spin.

Though the verdict is still out on the accuracy of penguins as World Cup penguin oracles. Thankfully, any lack of psychic ability is made up tenfold by cuteness.  Just don’t bet the igloo on these penguin picks just yet.  There’s still a few kinks to work out.

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