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Paul the Psychic Octopus Goes 8-for-8 with World Cup Predictions

By Brooks Peck / Source: Yahoo News

Eight picks, eight correct, eight tentacles. Paul the Oracle Octopus is clearly the biggest winner of the World Cup after recording a perfect prognostication record whether he knows it or not (he probably doesn't).

The big question was whether Paul's predictive superpowers would translate to the final - the first match he was asked to predict that did not involve his native Germany. But such piddly concerns did not bother Paul. Mostly because he's an octopus.

Just as he predicted, the European champions Spain became world champions for the first time with an Andres Iniesta goal in extra time. And as the Spanish celebrated, Paul floated in his tank, sure of his genius and probably craving a fresh clam.

Since Paul is an international celebrity of the highest order now, everyone wants a piece of him - both literally and figuratively. Italy is trying to claim that he was caught in Italian waters, Spanish businessmen are trying to buy him for €30,000 ($38,000), and Dutch priests tried to dismiss him.

But in Spain, Paul is an icon. The Spanish prime minister has already spoken of his desire to protect "Pulpo Paul" and the mock up of a new version of Spain's flag could be dangerously close to becoming real.

So what becomes of Paul now? Well, he'll probably continue to live out the remainder of his days at the Sea Life aquarium in Oberhausen, Germany, no longer forced to pick his food out of flag-covered boxes while surrounded by an obscene number of media types. He will swim at his leisure and continue to be oblivious to the existence of sports. He will retire a winner and a global sensation - what every other octopus (and even a few pundits) wishes they could be. 

All hail Paul. 

Paul the Octopus to Retire

Source: Huffington Post

Paul the Octopus, the mesmerizing mollusk whose supernatural skill at predicting World Cup outcomes earned him a global following, is set to retire from football forecasting. The soccer savant stunned fans around the world by successfully picking the outcome of eight World Cup games without getting a single prediction wrong.

The sophisticated cephalopod even earned death threats, and his pick against Germany may have doomed his own country in the quarterfinals. After so much work, Paul will cease his soccer seeing.

"He won't give any more oracle predictions - either in football, nor in politics, lifestyle or economy," a spokesman for Paul's aquarium in Oberhausen, Germany said. Instead, "Paul will get back to his former job, namely making children laugh." To commemorate his amazing achievement, the brilliant octopus was presented with a golden cup honoring his prognosticating prowess.

Meanwhile, Paul's powerful celebrity only continues to grow. Italians tried to claim that the eight-legged oracle was theirs, and Spain's prime minister expressed desire to protect Paul.

At two-and-a-half years old, Paul's caretakers say it is highly unlikely that the genius octopus will survive to observe Euro 2012, Germany's next opportunity to shine at the international level.

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