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Swedish octopus 'tips' Alliance election win

TT/The Local · 20 Aug 2010, 10:44

Published: 20 Aug 2010 10:44 GMT+02:00

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Given a choice between a red or blue plastic box representing the two coalitions in Sweden's parliament, the Riksdag, Melvin chose the blue box - twice in a row.

Melvin's choice was clear. There was never any doubt about his movements, the Sydsvenskan daily wrote on Friday, which added that just to be on the safe side, the octopus was given two chances to choose.

The newspaper took the initiative to test the octopus, clearly inspired by German octopus Paul, who correctly predicted the outcome of the World Cup throughout the tournament.

Melvin was born in the Mediterranean Sea and is - like the World Cup's Paul - of the species Octopus vulgaris, or common octopus. For the test, a red and a blue plastic box were placed at the same distance away from Melvin. It soon became clear that Melvin had plumped for the centre-right corner when he wrapped most of his eight arms around the blue box.

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With a month to go before the Swedish electorate goes to the polls, it remains to be seen whether betting on politics works the same way as it does for football when it comes to octopi.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

10:57 August 20, 2010 by Great Scott
This says it all. the medial now believes in Octopuses, what sort of credibility do the media have?
11:06 August 20, 2010 by shame, shame
needless to say, this story should perhaps not be taken too seriously and instead be seen for what it is - a little light media relief from the daily campaign grind.
11:28 August 20, 2010 by Bettyinsweden
good grief-----and to think I read this garbage when I could be doing better things
11:36 August 20, 2010 by LeoKinmann
Octopuses will rule the universe! At least ruling over the stupid masses out there who actually put their faith into the spineless gastropods!
14:19 August 20, 2010 by RobinHood
I don't know what's funnier, the ridiculous look of distained boredom on Paul's face, or that some posters here actually believe that anybody actually believes in supernatural psychic octopuses.

Paul and Melvin would probably make more intelligent dinner companions.
14:33 August 20, 2010 by Thebinary1
My my ... the typical arrogance.

If the spineless gastropods are able to second guess humans .... *psychicly* .... it just shows how deep the octopi understand human behaviour.

In retrospect .... the humans ... with their advanced brains .... can't even understand octopi behaviour. And to save its ego, the humans just do what they do best - kill the octopi :D

Up yours!
16:16 August 20, 2010 by Eddymu

Good grief, it appears you do - and you even go to the trouble of commenting.

My my... on to beter things, eh.

Thanks TL for some barmy light-hearted reporting, tis Friday after all.
16:56 August 20, 2010 by Kevin Harris
Well done Thebinary1. Your post be completely bonkers, but at least you know the plural of octopus is octopi.
16:57 August 20, 2010 by NickM
It would be funny if this wasn't about as serious as election campaigning is nowadays. The corporate community want the Alliance to win therefore, they will win I guarantee you.
19:14 August 20, 2010 by bulletts67
Obviously this was rigged! Being a creature from the deep blue sea, doesn't it seem logical that the Octopus would select the blue box? :-)
19:17 August 20, 2010 by james_g
Octopus is not a Latin second declension noun. It's derived from Greek and the accepted plural is octopuses.
02:02 August 21, 2010 by A SAFARI
only lack of news/stories would make the media give us boring things like this!
12:26 August 21, 2010 by Kevin Harris
james g

I stand corrected, James, you are right. :)
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