Fri 9 July 2010, The Times
Curse that psychic octopus. He makes me look a fool
By David Spiegelhalter
It’s definitely time to retire. Along with all my profession, I am being humiliated by the apparent ability of Paul the Psychic Octopus to predict the results of Germany’s World Cup matches. I’ve collected an alphabet of letters after my name from 35 years of analysing statistics and making predictions, and yet some soothsaying cephalopod, doubtless with few GCSEs, has got six out of six correct, including the two defeats.