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Paul the Octopus, 2008-2010


Paul the Octopus, whose prognosticating skills captured the imaginations of World Cup viewers everywhere, died this week at the age of 2.5.  He died of natural causes.

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Paul defied probability by correctly predicting the results of all of Germany’s seven World Cup matches.  After making it through the tournament with a perfect record–during which he received death threats and had a stamp printed in his honor–Paul retired from predicting.   Rediscovering his British roots, Paul was appointed an official ambassador for England’s 2018 World Cup bid, a post he held until his untimely demise.

Apparently there have been many copy-cats, so to speak, including “a saltwater crocodile named Dirty Harry, who predicted Spain’s World Cup final win and called the result of Australia’s general election by snatching a chicken carcass dangling beneath a caricature of Prime Minister Julia Gillard”.  But Paul will always have a special place in our hearts.

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