Achilles the cat correctly predicted several of the World Cup matches but got some of them wrong. In case you think this is a case of chance or luck, there’s actually a science behind the so-called psychic abilities of animals like Achilles the cat.

One possibility is that Achilles may have a side bias where every creature favors one side over another more often than chance would suggest. That’s why some people are right-handed and others are left-handed.

Another possibility is that animals may be picking up subtle clues from people around them to favor one team over another. To please the people around them, so-called psychic animals simply choose the side people seem to want.

Whether Achilles the cat has psychic powers or not, it’s still an amusing way to focus on the World Cup.

To read more about the science behind animal psychics, click here.

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