Japan's psychic octopus eaten + top stories this week
This week saw new watches, new headphones, new hotels, a leaky cinematographer and one very sad octopus.
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Think you’ve had it bad with your team not going through to the World Cup quarter-finals? Then spare a thought for Japan’s psychic octopus.
Rabiot – a giant Pacific octopus caught off the coast of Hokkaido in Japan –accurately predicted the results of all three of Japan’s first games in the World Cup. He successfully called Japan’s victory against Columbia, a draw with Senegal, and defeat at the hands of Poland. As you’d expect, this made Rabiot incredibly popular in Japan – and his owner, Kimio Abe, has been doing interviews and talk shows since the first prediction.
However, that’s where the fairytale ends. While there is no market for Octopus predictions, there certainly IS a market for actual Octopus. Abe mentioned in an interview this week that Rabiot had indeed been chopped up and sold for food.
It really is a sad day for psychic animals everywhere.
Blast from the past
Watch news! Omega has just unveiled a brand new limited edition chronograph, each containing an original movement harking back to 1913.
The watch contains an original eighteen C-H-R-O calibre from 1913, and each movement has been painstakingly refurbished within Omega’s Atelier Tourbillon. Above the movement, you get a forty-seven point five-millimetre white gold case, along with elegant retro enamel dials.
Of course, the vintage watch market is worth upwards of two billion US dollars at the moment, so Omega has been rather clever in releasing a watch that’s both old and new at the same time.
Although good luck getting your hands on one. Each of the limited eighteen units has almost certainly been sold by now.
Dwayne Johnson just launched a new pair of headphones that aim to withstand Rock-level workouts.
The new pair of wireless cans were launched with help from Under Armour and JBL – and designed to withstand even the most maniacal of fitness routines. They carry 16 hours of charge for multiple trips to the gym and are controlled via hands-free Bluetooth technology.
They’re made from sweat resistant material and are extra grippy for wet hands. They also include Under Armour’s SuperVent fabric on the ears – which you can remove and wash when needed.
Under Armour is selling the Project Rock Edition headphones for 250 dollars a pop starting right now.
Enter the dragon
Bulgari has just opened the doors of an extravagant new hotel in Shanghai.
Set on the riverbank of the city’s magnificent waterfront, the Bulgari Hotel Shanghai is a 48-floor tower that features eighty-two rooms and nineteen luxury suites. Along with the modern high-rise, the Italian fashion house also restored the adjacent Shanghai chamber of commerce, a 20th-century landmark that now features Italian gardens and a 500-metre Bulgari ballroom.
Of course, the real star of the show is the 400-square-metre Bulgari Suite, complete with three bedrooms, five bathrooms, three lounges and a private Jacuzzi room. The cost to stay in such opulence? A cool twenty thousand US dollars.
'Avengers: End Game'
Marvel fans are going nuts over the leaked Avengers 4 title.
Marvel fans – who currently have nothing better to do – checked the resume page of an Avengers 4 cinematographer, and noticed that he listed working on one Avengers: End Game. Since then, the cinematographer in question has removed the listing, but the damage had been done.
Some fans have pointed out that the title is a reference to something Doctor Strange mentions during the first Infinity War flick and hints that the second film is all part of Doctor Strange’s plan.
Of course, none of this has been substantiated – we’ll have to wait for the proper reveal for that – but in the meantime, there are still two more Marvel movies coming out before Infinity War part two.
Ant-Man and the Wasp – which is out this week – and Captain Marvel, which is coming early next year.