World Cup's Paul the Octopus Dies

Paul the Octopus, the infamous eight-tentacle cephalopod who correctly picked the outcomes of this past year’s World Cup match-ups, has died.

“We are consoled by the knowledge that he enjoyed a good life here…” said Stefan Porwoll, manager of the Oberhausen Sea Life Center in western Germany. “We had all naturally grown fond of him and he will be sorely missed.”

Over the summer, Paul captured the attention of viewers all over the world when he correctly picked the winners of World Cup matches.

He made the predictions by having boxes placed in his tank with the national flags of teams that were going to play one another. Both boxes would contain food. Then, the world would eagerly watch as Paul opened one of the boxes thereby “picking” who the winner of the game would be.

“Paul amazed the world by correctly predicting the winners of all Germany’s World Cup clashes, and then the final,” Porwoll said in a statement.

A documentary film on Paul’s life is scheduled to premier soon.


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