Paul the Octopus vs Mani the Parakeet

Paul the Octopus vs Mani the Life-Coach Parakeet

Paul the Octopus.
Mani the Parakeet.
The mysterious, crushing ocean depths vs the exotic and deadly streets of Singapore.

The World Cup 2010 final is really about which of these animals is right… and which must go back to his day-job.

Paul the Octopus asserts that Spain will win the final match. This same move– backing Spain– made Paul a pariah in Germany, to the extent that his aquarium had to organize extra security. Oh, how the fans changed their tune, though, when Paul (correctly!) picked Germany to win the small final. Don’t hate the cephalopod, hate the game.

Mani the Life-Coach Parakeet is saying that Paul is full of shit, and that Netherlands will win it all. Mani is a career fortune-teller, though his experience in professional sports is admittedly thin. Still, lots of people in Little India, where Mani lives and works, believe he has the skills to pay the bills.

So, which of these beaked beasts will prove to have the more powerful precognition? I’ll tell you what, I’m not going to miss this match for anything.

About Jordan

Jordan Matthew Yerman started writing during his third year of high school, where his teacher discouraged his use of the eff-word as "crude, unnecessary and uncouth". While attending UC San Diego for his degree in Political Science, Jordan picked up acting; he would later attend the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, living in the UK for four years before relocating to New York City. To get by, he has worked as a proofreader, model, technical consultant, HR trainer, sign-placer, sales director, crate stacker, bartender, photographer, real estate broker, and as an exhibit at the Bronx Museum. As an actor, Jordan has performed in the USA, England, Scotland, Germany, Belgium, and Netherlands, from stage to indie screen to voiceover, including London's West End. Jordan has been around the world 2 3/4 times. He currently lives in Vancouver and works in New Media; capital N, capital M. You can reach him via jordan at international jet trash dot com.