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Paul the Oracle Octopus dies at 2 1/2

October 26, 2010
Paul the Octopus

Paul the Octopus, seen here in happier times.

Known for his uncanny Oracle-like ability to predict the future, Paul the Octopus passed away in a German aquarium yesterday of natural octopus causes. He was two and a half years old.

Once chided by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for being a tool of Western propaganda, Paul the Octopus skyrocketed to global notoriety by correctly predicting the outcomes of seven German soccer matches, as well as the 2010 World Cup, held in South Africa. His intuition was a quality not often associated with sea creatures. Unless of course, we’re talking about Sebastian.

His method was simple. He chose between two containers filled with a tasty snack of mollusks, each bearing the flag of the respective competing team. Naysayers be damned, Paul was right every time.

Sentiments from around the world have greeted the news of Paul’s demise.

“Sad to report that Paul the World Cup’s psychic octopus has died,” tweeted television and radio personality Ryan Seacrest. Regular, non-famous people echoed Seacrest’s statement. “The psychic octopus died?!!! Sad day!!!” tweeted a devastated Sarah Kristine, who goes by her Twitter handler, 5oclockdaydream.  Atlantic Magazine has compiled a list of touching takes on Paul’s untimely death.

Paul the Octopus

A longtime follower of Paul expresses his pain the only way he knows how - by creating art.

“Paul inspired people of all continents,” the aquarium’s general manager, Stefan Porwoll, said in a statement. “He won all our hearts, and we will sorely miss him.”

As per his family’s request, Paul will be cremated.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. jackweiland permalink
    October 26, 2010 1:30 pm

    I can’t decide if that Twitter Art is awesome or looks too much like a comb.

    • October 26, 2010 9:54 pm

      It’s an abstract interpretation.

      • jackweiland permalink
        October 27, 2010 9:51 am

        Of a comb? Or an octopus? That’s the issue. Which is it?????

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