Dead Animals And The 2014 World Cup

Today’s World Cup Google doodle features an old friend from 2010: Paul the psychic octopus, the “animal A dove flies after being released before the start of the 2014 World Cup opening match between Brazil and Croatia at the Corinthians arena in Sao Pauloracle” who correctly predicted the results of all seven of Germany’s matches in South Africa.

The 2014 World Cup is less than a week old, but some fans are already calling it the best international tournament since Spain ’82. I’m not so sure. Paul died in October 2010, and the animal-related news emanating from this year’s tournament is pretty bleak: two of the three doves released from the center circle before Brazil’s match against Croatia crashed into the stands and died. The third dove flew into the press box and instantly became a Twitter celebrity. Welcome, symbols of peace, to the 21st Century.

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