So long, suckers! Japan mourns killing of World Cup psychic octopus

Rabio the oracle cephalopod’s demise, who predicted three results, blamed for Japan’s exit

Despite correctly predicting the results of Japan’s first three World Cup group matches in Russia, Rabio the “psychic” octopus was unlikely to have foreseen an event of far greater consequence: its own death.

One Twitter user speculated that Rabio’s “murder” had condemned Japan to their heartbreaking last-gasp defeat against Belgium on Monday, denying them a place in the quarter-finals.

Related: Alien intelligence: the extraordinary minds of octopuses and other cephalopods

Continue reading...