This year’s World Cup would not have been as much fun without Paul the Octopus. Now in the Asian games 2010 hosted in Guangzhou , pandas have became the oracles of the game.
Paul was presented with two water tanks containing the same food and each marked with the national flag of the two competing teams. Paul’s choice of which one to eat shows its favor. But how pandas perform their “magic” is different. “Boss” the panda predicted the the first gold medal right by choosing bamboo shoots over apple. No, the food were not the same. No, they were not marked with national flags. It is just assumed that bamboo shoot represents China and apple represents other couturiers. I am not a panda expert but I think it is a common sense that panda eats bamboo.
There is not just one panda, there are twelve pandas. These pandas are now living in Guangzhou Chimelong Tourist Resort’s zoo, performing predictions as a part of the amusement park’s Asian games. According to their website, the twelve pandas has their own names and “characters”. The one which predicted the gold medal of martial art right was named Bosi, which has no literal meaning in Chinese but sounds like Boss and his nickname is “Big Brother”. On Guangzhou Daily, he was described as “Smart and quick” and therefore would be the representative of Chinese martial art team of Asian games. The second panda that is to perform predictions was named “Hui Hui” and her nickname is mermaid. She was said to love playing with water so she is the representative of Chinese diving team.
That’s how Chinese do things. Copy something from others and then mess them up. The idea of having animals to predict game result is cute. But Chinese do not like “bad luck” so we make it as biased as we can. The result is obvious at the beginning of the prediction and the fun of it is totally gone. Paul the octopus is just one octopus but the team of pandas has twelve members. Each panda was assigned name, nickname, character, and a Chinese sports team it represent. Who cares and who will remember? Paul became famous because he is the sole star. It would be hard to make people remember a panda team. Chinese like to make things big and complicated but this time it doesn’t help.