Octopus oracle Paul to retire

After correctly predicting 8 World Cup matches, Paul is set to withdraw from soccer prognostication



Associated Press
July 12, 2010 4:49PM (UTC)

No more World Cup, no more octopus oracle.

Paul, the octopus who became a pop culture sensation by correctly predicting the outcome of as many World Cup matches as he has legs -- all seven of Germany's games plus the Spain-Netherlands final -- is going to retire.

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The intuitive invertebrate will "go into retirement and do what he likes to do best: play with his handlers and delight children who come visit to him, Tanja Munzig, a spokeswoman for the Sea Life aquarium in Oberhausen, told AP Television News.

However, Paul took one last curtain call on Monday. Aquarium employees presented the octopus with a golden cup -- similar to the official World Cup trophy.

Although the cup was garnished with mussels, Paul ignored it as it was lowered into his tank -- showing the world one last time that he isn't just any old octopus who can be excited simply by shiny bait.

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Paul won worldwide attention as he called all of Germany's games correctly -- including its semifinal defeat by Spain. He crowned his career by forecasting correctly that Spain would beat Holland in Sunday's final.


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