All the media has been making a big deal of the psychic Octopus who has been correctly calling resluts of games in the World Cup. Boggart Blog has, you may recall, over the past two years reported many instances of snack science being used to give the impression that animals are smarter than they are.
Mouse science is well known, the wee sleekit cow’ring timourous beasties will do anything for a morsel of chololate or a pork scratching, crocodiles have been taught to understand their keepers instructions if they are rewarded with a sausage related snack (everyone who was ever a child knows crocodiles live exclusively on sausages) and Pavlov’s Dogs will move mountains for a Pavlova.
We think then we are in a good position to reveal we susect foul play in the case of the psychic Octopus. When each lunch box loaded with a national flag is lowered into the water there is a snack attached to it. So far so good. But our CEO Jenny Greenteeth who is a water spirit reported from the Octpus Tank that while one box has an Octopus friendly snack attached, a bit of fish, a marine mollusc etc. the other has a lump of Ginster’s Pasty.
Discount the Octopus Factor then, I’m not making predictions but I’ll be wearing my Orage socks tomorrow.