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Psychic Octopus That Predicted World Cup Winners Killed by Japanese Fisherman

When you were a little kid, you may have heard one of the Aesop’s Fables, The Goose That Laid the Golden Eggs. Essentially, a farmer finds a goose that lays a golden egg every day, so he figures the goose must be full of gold. He kills it to get all the gold instead of collecting one egg at a time, only to discover that there’s just normal goose parts in there and now the golden egg train has ended.

A Japanese fisherman named Kimio Abe caught an octopus, named Rabiot, that could predict the outcome of Japan’s World Cup soccer games. Rabiot was 3 for 3 in the group stage, predicting Japan’s upset victory against Columbia, as well as a draw with Senegal and a loss to Poland. So Abe did what anyone would do with an octopus that could predict sports outcomes, he killed it and sold it as food. Wait, seriously?

Yeah, that is Rabiot hanging in a stall for sale. Maybe eating him will grant you his psychic powers. Not sure if predicting the future is worth eating an octopus, though.

On killing Rabiot, Abe told Sora News 24, “I hope that the second Rabiot will also give all the outcomes correctly and that Japan will go all the way.”

They didn’t. In what will forever be known as The Curse of Rabiot, Japan was eliminated in the first knock-out round when Belgium beat them 3-2, a virtual scoring frenzy for soccer. I hear the Japanese team punished themselves for their loss by eating an octopus dinner.

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