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Psychic parakeet goes against psychic octopus, predicts Dutch win

A Ringnecked Parakeet
The psychic ring-necked parakeet from Singapore has also been predicting the outcome of the World Cup matches. Unlike the psychic octopus from Germany, the bird picks the Dutch to win on Sunday.
The parakeet named Mani made his prediction for the World Cup championship game by coming out of his cage and grabbing one of the two cards lying face-down in front of him. The card he chose held the flag of the Netherlands.
Now Paul the psychic octopus has some fierce competition, and both creatures' reputations are at stake. Paul chose Spain to win on Sunday, and he has had a 100% success rate so far.
But 13-year-old Mani has also been predicting the outcome of the World Cup games. According to Yahoo News, the owner of the feathered oracle said Mani correctly predicted the outcome of the World Cup's four quarterfinal games and Germany's defeat to Spain in the semifinal game.
M. Muniyappan, the bird's owner, is an 80-year-old fortune teller who has used his avian companion to predict the future for the past five years.
"People usually want help picking the lottery numbers, or when to get married," said Muniyappan. "Then gamblers started asking about the World Cup."
Muniyappan said he now gets about 30 people a day willing to pay for his psychic powers, which is up from maybe 10 a day before Mani became famous.
Muniyappan and Mani can see into your future for the fee of $7. A customer named Ali said he was having financial problems and wanted to know when his bad luck would change. He was told by Muniyappan that his fortunes would turn around in two weeks.
"I've come to him before to know when my luck will change," Ali said. "I believe in him and the bird."
But not everyone is happy with Mani's World Cup championship prediction.
"I'm disappointed because I want Spain to win," said Jimmy Wong, a 20-year-old student. "Now I'm not sure which team to bet on."

29 comments :

#21Jul 9, 2010 Michael Bearak
I don't think they will allow a tie, which is too bad, then both would be wrong!
I have to be honest, I am kind of sick of the World Cup, but on a more positive note I did get my vuvuzela today!! What I should do with it I am not sure, but I was thinking of driving through Charlotte and blowing it out my window at traffic on I-77. I wonder if there is a story in there??
#22Jul 9, 2010 Laura Trowbridge
LOL - Michael! Are you serious about getting a vuvuzela??? If you did with it what you're thinking, yes, I bet there would be a story to write about it! LOL
;-P
#23Jul 10, 2010 Gar Swaffar
@Laura Trowbridge
haha, Gar. Actually I'm the one who originally wrote about the octopus back in June before anyone else on DJ got on the band wagon & started duplicating my stories on Paul & now Mani. It's irritating when writers here should know to check the drafts in progress to see when the story is already being written. When they continue to do it, it seems it's on purpose & underhanded then!
Also, as a courtesy on a unique story like the psychic octopus that I first found & wrote about, most writers would send word to the original writer to see if they'll be covering any new news. I certainly have given stories up I'd like to do, just because someone else has wrote about the same subject first. I'll send them the new link. And others have done the same for me. It's the decent thing to do.
Yep, I also read the article when it first came up. Just being facetious tonight. I don't often comment much anymore, but still read a lot of what's being written.
#24Jul 10, 2010 Laura Trowbridge
You can comment anytime on my articles, Gar! :-) Hey, you should write more often too! :-)
#25Jul 10, 2010 Laura Trowbridge
Geez, I'm so excited about the game tomorrow - and I'm not one to follow sports, except for tennis, & Red Wings of course, but I'm dying to see who is going to be the World Cup champs - and more importantly (haha) who is the better psychic, 'pus or bird?!
:-P
#26Jul 10, 2010 Gar Swaffar
@Laura Trowbridge
You can comment anytime on my articles, Gar! :-) Hey, you should write more often too! :-)
I read as much as I can, (newsaholic that I am) beyond that a 60+ hr work week leaves little time...although I did get to do some writing for a couple TV spots I'm doing for work next week on a local TV station...it's all fun.
#27Jul 10, 2010 Laura Trowbridge
Geez, Gar, that's awesome about your getting to write for local tv! Cool beans! :-)
You sound like my hubby, works all the time & is also up on news & all kinds of issues, stuff ya don't hear much about in mainstream media is what he likes. Hope you get to relax sometime this weekend! John's working today (as usual), & I have a full day planned for him tomorrow! Poor guy! :-/
I'll take him to the Melting Pot after he spends the day at an art fair with me! You ever been to Melting Pot? YUM!
#28Jul 10, 2010 Gar Swaffar
@Laura Trowbridge
Geez, Gar, that's awesome about your getting to write for local tv! Cool beans! :-)
You sound like my hubby, works all the time & is also up on news & all kinds of issues, stuff ya don't hear much about in mainstream media is what he likes. Hope you get to relax sometime this weekend! John's working today (as usual), & I have a full day planned for him tomorrow! Poor guy! :-/
I'll take him to the Melting Pot after he spends the day at an art fair with me! You ever been to Melting Pot? YUM!
Closest is in Sacratomatoe now....heavy sigh....
my fave - spinach artichoke cheese - shazammmmmmalamadingdong it is great!
#29Jul 10, 2010 Laura Trowbridge
Mmmm, I've had that & it's fantabulous! :-)
Gee, I'm getting hungry....
:-)

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