Iranian President Mahoud Ahmadinejad blasts ‘Paul the octopus’

July 29th, 2010 - 8:21 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

paul1 Tehran, July 29 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Controversial Iranian president Mahoud Ahmadinejad has slammed the famed octopus - Paul. 

Ahmedinejad who was speaking at a youth festival in the Iranian capital said the predictions of the octopus were a sign in the decay of Western culture. 

 “We are after constructing Iran, but this does not mean viewing the matter from nationalist angle and singling out the Iranian race. Today the name of Iran is synonymous with prestige, justice seeking, monotheism, anti-despotism, and the entire blessed values that are dear for the world nations,” he said.

It ought to be mentioned that the renowned octopus, which is christened ‘Paul’, had a 100 percent correct prediction record of all the matches that took place at the just ended world cup in South Africa. So perfect was the predictions of the mollusk, that most betting companies placed the odds on the team the octopus said would lose the game. 

After the world cup, Paul continued to stay in the news. Spain who won the world cup & they offered to buy the animal from its German owners. But the owners - Oberhausen Sea Life Center turned down the offer saying the animal is not for sale. That however did not deter the Spanish, as a town in Spain has honored the animal with an honorary citizenship.

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