For those who foolishly went against Paul the Octopus during his incredible 8/8 prediction run during the 2010 FIFA World Cup, you’ll never get the chance to redeem yourself. It was confirmed this morning that Paul the Octopus has died.
Death’s inescapable tentacles have curled themselves around Paul the octopus, the cephalopod sage who won worldwide fame over the summer by correctly predicting the results of a host of World Cup matches.
Paul the ‘psychic’ octopus predicted the winners of all Germany’s World Cup clashes, and then the victors in the final, by selecting one of two boxes, each loaded with a mussel food treat and marked on the outside with one of the teams.
Stefan Porwoll, the manager of the Oberhausen Sea Life Centre in Germany that the tentacled psychic called home, said Paul appeared to have died peacefully of natural causes during the night.
“We are consoled by the knowledge that he enjoyed a good life here and that the care provided for him by our dedicated displays team could not have been bettered,” Porwoll said.
Staff at the centre said his death was not entirely unexpected, since common octopuses generally live only a couple of years. “His success made him almost a bigger story than the World Cup itself,” Porwoll said. “We may decide to give Paul his own small burial plot within our grounds and erect a modest permanent shrine.”
I am deeply saddened and shocked by his death. On four different occasions (including the World Cup Final) I went against Paul’s prediction and paid the price for it. If more people had just believed that this creature was clearly psychic they’d have blindly just followed what he said and earned some cool cash at the gambling centers.
While there may be a shrine built for Paul he will almost certainly go great with some sauce to make a fantastic seafood mix.
You will be missed, Paul the Octopus. Once can only wonder if he predicted the time of his own death.