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article imagePsychic octopus Paul going into retirement

By Laura Trowbridge     Jul 12, 2010 in Lifestyle
Now that the World Cup is over, people around the world have been wondering what the beloved, psychic octopus Paul will do next.
Yahoo Sports reports that the "pop culture sensation" will be retiring now after correctly predicting the outcome of eight World Cup matches.
Tanja Munzig, a spokeswoman for the Sea Life aquarium in Oberhausen, said that Paul will “step back from the official oracle business."
“He won’t give any more oracle predictions—either in football, nor in politics, lifestyle or economy,” Munzig said. “Paul will get back to his former job, namely making children laugh.”
Aquarium employees gave Paul a replica World Cup with three mussels today to enjoy for all of his successful match predictions and the world-wide attention he garnered.
After ignoring the cup and mussels for several minutes, Paul finally took a mussel and ate it in front of the TV cameras lined up to catch what may be the last footage of the psychic octopus.
Paul first came to the world's attention when he predicted England's loss to Germany last month. He had already made 100 percent correct forecasts in each of Germany's World Cup matches up until that point.
He then predicted Germany's loss to Spain, which nearly cost him his life with angry Germany fans who wanted to see him cooked and eaten.
When Paul predicted the final match between Spain and Netherlands, he came up against a psychic contender who disagreed with the future outcome. Paul won over the parakeet, though, and can now retire in glory, having made 100 percent correct predictions for every 2010 World Cup game he involved himself in.
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