Remember that octopus during the World Cup that had the uncanny ability to predict winners? Well, his name was Paul the Octopus and he has died in Germany at the young age of 2.
Paul the Octopus died at the Oberhausen Sea Life Center in western Germany and the center released a statement saying they were “devastated” by Paul’s death. Stefan Porwoll, the center’s manager said:
He appears to have passed away peacefully during the night, of natural causes, and we are consoled by the knowledge that he enjoyed a good life…We may decide to give Paul his own small burial plot within our grounds and erect a modest permanent shrine.
The English-born psychic mollusk correctly predicted how Germany would fare in 7 World Cup matches and went on to predict that Spain would win the final. Before each match, Paul the Octopus would select a food container placed in his tank adorned with each country’s flag. Whichever container he went to first was his pick.
The Sea Life Center says Paul’s persona will live on as “the object of a host of commercial enterprises ranging from special clothing lines to mobile phone applications” in Oberhausen, Germany. If you’d like to donate money in Paul the Octopus’s name, you can do so here. Donations will go towards a sea turtle rescue center in Sakynthos, Greece.
Not sure if Paul the Octopus was just lucky or if he liked red and yellow. However he managed to pick winners is a mystery, but there’s no doubt he’ll be forever remembered in World Cup history.