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Paul the Psychic Octopus, Meet 'Grandpa' the Spider Monkey

Sep 8, 2010 – 5:30 PM
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Tom Lorenzo

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It seemed like just yesterday the Internet was abuzz about Paul the psychic octopus. After Paul predicted the final eight matches of the Wold Cup correctly, he hung up his cleats and drifted off into retirement. The world then lost interest in the clairvoyant creatures of the wild. That is, until now.

Meet Grandpa, the 34-year-old psychic spider monkey, who had a perfect 4-0 record when picking random matches at the U.S. Open heading into Wednesday. I'd introduce him to Paul, but part of me feels that the octopus foresaw this genius of the Ateles genus coming from a mile away.

The Wall Street Journal's Nando Di Fino has been following Grandpa for the past week, documenting just how the picking happens. From all accounts it is completely random and there is nothing in this video that indicates any monkey funny business. See for yourself.

It's as simple as that!

For his fourth victory, Grandpa picked 25th-seed Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland over 20th-seed Sam Querrey to advance to the quarterfinals. He was riding a high, until Wednesday afternoon.

Grandpa selected a major upset on the women's side, predicting 31st-seed Kaia Kanepi to oust 7th-seed Vera Zvonareva in their quarterfinals match. Unfortunately for Grandpa, Zvonareva defeated Kanepi in straight sets. Bananas! Well, that was fun while it lasted. To be fair, if Grandpa picks the next four matches correctly we should at least give him some sort of old tip-of-the-cap.

Somewhere, however, I have to believe that Paul is smiling with his four different kinds of teeth (yeah, four different kinds -- Google it!)

Should Grandpa do anything else worthy of a post I'm sure we'll keep you updated.
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