Reinforcing this bad impression, one comes across this in The Guardian:
Although he now resides at the Aquarium Sea Life Centre in Oberhausen, Germany, Paul was actually born in Weymouth and moved from the town's Sea Life Park in 2006.Just so we're on the same page, this is Paul.
Fiona Smith, from Weymouth Sea Life Park, told the Dorset Echo: “He never made any predictions while he was living here but maybe he was waiting for a big event like the World Cup until he revealed his abilities.”
Paul has lately become famous for predicting World Cup winners. His handlers put food in two identical containers, along with flags of two countries who are slated for a match, and generally Paul picks the container with the winning flag.
Paul is probably able to pick from among ALL the teams but he's smart enough to dole out the information one mussel at a time. What's more, Paul knows the day that you're going to die; also the hour and the means. And he could tell you, if you dared come up with a treat that he judged satisfactory. Don't give it to him!
Man, I'm breakin' out in a cold sweat just writing about this! Meanwhile in Germany, a cephalopod is laughing.