Paul the World Cup Octopus Retires

No more psychic stuff for this cephalopod
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 12, 2010 12:09 PM CDT
Paul the World Cup Octopus Retires
In this picture provided by the Sea Life Aquarium in Oberhausen, Germany, shows octopus Paul swimming next to a golden cup similar to the World Cup trophy, July 12, 2010   (AP Photo/ho/Sea Life)

(Newser) – Paul, the octopus who correctly predicted eight out of eight World Cup outcomes, including the final match, is retiring. He’s taking a “step back from the official oracle business,” a spokesperson for his Germany aquarium tells the AP. “He won't give any more oracle predictions—either in football, nor in politics, lifestyle or economy. Paul will get back to his former job, namely making children laugh.”

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No word on why Paul—who made four out of five correct predictions in the Euro 2008—is getting out of the psychic business, but perhaps he was uneasy about all the backlash from his fellow Germans after he predicted their team's defeat. Before his retirement, Paul was given his very own World Cup-like trophy garnished with mussels for him to eat.
(Read more octopus stories.)

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