is going all out on a limb to show its solidarity for the ongoing World
Cup in Brazil, with doodles each day since the tournament began last
week. On Monday, the search giant had unveiled the Mexican wave doodle.
The latest to join the World Cup 2014 doodle bandwagon is the animal
oracle Paul the Octopus, with a click showing results for the first
match of the day, Belgium vs Algeria.
Tuesday's World Cup 2014
doodle depicts Paul sitting in the clouds with a halo on his head,
trying to predict the winner of the Belgium vs Algeria match. The green
and gold ball sits pretty in front of him, and Google is written in two
parts on either sides of the cephalopod mollusc. A visibly confused Paul
is seen scratching his head trying to predict the winner.
subject of Tuesday's World Cup 2014 doodle was an animal celebrity
during World Cup 2010. Paul the Octopus made several divinations with an
aquarium keeper presenting him with food kept in two boxes marked with
the flags of the respective teams playing on that particular day. The
box from which he chose the food represented the winning team.
Cup 2010's unofficial mascot Paul was also called Die Krake Paul, and
become a national celebrity in Germany, when he had on the trot
predicted the winner of the games that Germany played during the last
World Cup. His name comes from a poem by Boy Lornsen called Der
Tintenfisch Paul Oktopus (The Ink Fish, Paul Octopus). Clicking on the
Paul the Octopus doodle shows search results and live score widgets for
upcoming and ongoing matches.
Paul, who was born in Weymouth in
England, eventually found his way to the Oberhausen division of the Sea
Life Centres, where he made his divinations. His accurate predictions of
the Germany games during Euro 2008 and also the World Cup in 2010 did
win him fans, but post the prediction of the Germany vs Spain game in
the World Cup 2010 semis, (which Germany lost), there were unfortunate
demands made by fans to cook him and eat him. Paul eventually passed
away in 2010.
The Belgium vs Algeria match, currently seen with the
Google doodle, will be kicking off at the Estadio Mineirao, Belo
Horizonte on Tuesday at 9:30pm IST.
For more Google doodles
visit this page.
The best Google doodles of 2014