#439399 - 26th Oct 20104:13pmPaul the psychic octopus has died.....
Paul the psychic octopus has died.....
Paul the Octopus (reportedly hatched January 2008 - 26 October 2010) was a common octopus living in a tank at a Sea Life Centre in Oberhausen, Germany, despite originally being from Weymouth in England. Paul became internationally famous for correctly predicting the winner of Germany's seven matches at the 2010 World Cup, as well as the final. He died on 26 October 2010.
During the media stunts, Paul was presented with two boxes containing food in the form of a mussel, each box marked on the outside with the flag of a national football team in an upcoming match. Paul ate the mussel from the box with the flag of the winning team in four of Germany's six Euro 2008 matches, and in all seven of their matches in the 2010 World Cup. He correctly selected a win for Spain against the Netherlands in the World Cup final on 11 July by eating the mussel in the box with the Spanish flag on it. His "predictions" were 100% (8/8) correct for the 2010 World Cup and 86% (12/14) correct overall. Paul was retired after the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The keeper at the aquarium claims that Paul was not the same octopus that predicted the results for the 2008 UEFA European Football Championships.
1. A career highlight: Paul correctly predicts that Spain will beat the Netherlands in the summer's World Cup football final. Here he moves immediately to the Spanish box and is thrillingly decisive with his tentacles. Clearly, for Paul the issue was never in any doubt. In many ways this was the perfect swansong to a predictive career that took off two years earlier at Euro 2008: Paul announced his competitive retirement shortly afterwards.
2. A less happy moment: Paul would receive death threats shortly after predicting Germany's defeat to Spain in the World Cup semi-finals. Publicly, he appeared completely unshaken by the experience and continued to carry out his duties with great professionalism. Privately, however ... Well, privately nobody really knows the truth, although as an octopus he did have very little actual consciousness and an emotional range that remains unguessably limited.
3. A difficult moment: Paul refuses to be swayed by feelings of jingoistic loyalty and picks Germany to beat his native England in their World Cup second-round match. In the end, of course, Paul was right. Germany beat England 4-1 to advance to the next stage. Although there are, of course, those who say you didn't need to be a psychic octopus to see that particular result coming.