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World Cup phenomenon Paul the Psychic Octopus dies

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Paul the Octopus, who rose to prominence for his accurate predictions at the World Cup, has died peacefully of natural causes.

The cephalopod sage won worldwide fame over the summer by correctly predicting the results of a host of World Cup matches.

Paul correctly predicted the outcome of all seven of Germany's games before opting for Spain to beat Netherlands in the final.

Stefan Porwoll, manager of the Oberhausen Sea Life Centre in Germany that the tentacled psychic called home, said: "We are consoled by the knowledge that he enjoyed a good life here and that the care provided him by our dedicated displays team could not have been bettered.

"His success made him almost a bigger story than the World Cup itself. We may decide to give Paul his own small burial plot within our grounds and erect a modest permanent shrine.

"While this may seem a curious thing to do for a sea creature, Paul achieved such popularity during his short life that it may be deemed the most appropriate course of action."

Paul's final prediction was that England would win the rights to host the 2018 World Cup.

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