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October 26, 2010

Paul the Psychic Octopus dies

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by Brian Turner

Paul the Psychic Octopus, who correctly predicted a string of football results at the South Africa World Cup earlier this year, has died.

Paul become a sensation when keepers provided him with the option of two national flags for each of Germany’s games, only to find Paul correctly selecting the winner each time.

Despite the glare of media publicity, Paul carried on his winning run throughout the tournament, not only predicting that Germany would be beaten by Spain, but also that Spain would beat the Netherlands to win the World Cup final.

According to his keeper, Stefan Porwoll, general manager of the Oberhausen Sea Life centre, Paul died quietly last night.

While the Octopus enjoyed a brief spell in the limelight, one of his lesser known predictions at the end of the World Cup was that England would host the 2018 tournament.

However, before fans get excited, it’s worth noting that Paul’s record before this World Cup tended to be more in line with random predictions.

Even still, if England were to win the 2018 draw, no doubt Paul’s memory will be revived one more time, and potentially heralded a British hero - after all, the octopus was originally born in 2008 at Weymouth.

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2 Comments »
  1. I bet he didn’t see that coming!

    Comment by stewhites — October 26, 2010 @ 12:34 pm

  2. Paul was only two and a half years old. All football fans are feeling sorry for him. Paul became an instant hero in Spain, prompting a request to have him put on display at Madrid zoo. We wish him to predict the 2014 and even 2018 Football World Cup. Maybe another octopus will be as famous as Paul was.

    Comment by British Football Fan — October 26, 2010 @ 12:36 pm

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