Daily VideoJune 16, 2014
Mixed record for underwater animal World Cup oracles
Some soccer fans have their game shirts, the president of Brazil watches entire games with her fingers crossed, but for others, underwater animals hold clues to the World Cup results in their tentacles.
In Brazil, “Big Head” the sea turtle predicts which team will win a specific match by swimming to one side of his tank or the other. He is 1 and 0 after correctly picking Brazil in its opening match over Croatia.
Chinese fans in Shanghai created a custom field in which 22 fish were separated into two teams. However, the fish were more interested in eating than scoring.
Octopi have a long history of predicting soccer winners. Paul the octopus became famous after correctly predicting eight 2010 World Cup matches in a row, outperforming many soccer analysts.
This year, fans in Japan have their own octopus fortuneteller, as well as a group of archerfish and a penguin dressed in a Japan national team uniform to predict results. Although the animals predicted a Japanese victory, the team ended up losing two-to-one to the Ivory Coast.
Warm up questions
- What is the World Cup?
- What are some superstitions that people have around sporting events?
- Why do you think people feel the need for predictions?
Tooltip of related stories
Tooltip of more video block
Submit Your Student Voice
The confirmation hearing for President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for education secretary, Betsy DeVos, saw many questions about her support of school choice and charters. Continue readingArts & CultureEconomicsHealthScienceU.S.UncategorizedWorld
Outgoing President Barack Obama talked about key accomplishments made during his presidency in his farewell address from Chicago on Tuesday. Continue readingArts & CultureEconomicsHealthScienceU.S.UncategorizedWorld
Tuesday saw the beginning of confirmation hearings for Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general. Continue readingArts & CultureEconomicsHealthScienceU.S.UncategorizedWorld
Vice President Joe Biden criticized President-elect Donald Trump’s angry tweets in an interview with PBS NewsHour on Thursday, saying, “Grow up, Donald.” Continue readingArts & CultureEconomicsHealthScienceU.S.UncategorizedWorld
CIA Director John Brennan discusses his concerns with Russia’s alleged interference with the U.S. election and North Korea’s continued pursuit of nuclear weapons. Continue readingArts & CultureEconomicsHealthScienceU.S.UncategorizedWorld