One of the biggest stars of the 2010 World Cup wasn’t on the field…and wasn’t even human. It was Paul, an Octopus who lived at a German aquarium and correctly picked the results of Germany’s seven World Cup matches by eating food out of one of two containers: one with a German flag, the other with the flag of Germany’s opponent.
Sadly, Paul died in October 2010. But this year, there’s already a new World Cup star from the animal kingdom: Nelly the Elephant.
Nelly is not a novice – she has successfully predicted the results of 30 of the 33 matches during the women’s World Cup in 2006, the World Cup in 2010, and Euro 2012. Before this year’s tournament has even started, she’s already made her first predictions: wins for Germany in its first three matches.
So if you’re trying to pick a winner this year, you might want to ignore the odds, and instead go with the elephant.