by the Left Coast Rebel
The World Cup-predicting Octopus named Paul (left) has passed away. I wrote about Octopus Paul's neo-Nostradamus ability here. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was no fan of Octopus Paul, too, (no, this is not a Monty Python story).
The sad, sad, news reported by Bloomberg:
I lift my cup to Oracle Octopus Paul and perhaps some calamari, too (out of respect for the dead).
Paul the Octopus, who accurately predicted the result of every German soccer match as well as the final in this year’s World Cup in South Africa, has died.
The mollusk-turned-sage passed away naturally in his aquarium in the western German city of Oberhausen overnight, Sealife said today in a statement on its website. Aquarium workers were “devastated” when they found him this morning.
Paul, who was 2 1/2 years old, became a media sensation in Germany and around the world this summer with his talent for World Cup predictions. He tipped winners by choosing between two mussel-filled containers adorned with the flags of each team.
The octopus even stoked international tension when Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad accused the West of attempting to “manipulate people’s minds through superstition, an octopus, fortune-telling and such things.”
Paul’s remains will be cremated.
Exit questions - How many human years are in 2 1/2 Octopus years? Also, do you think that Octopus Paul predicted his own death?
Updated: Does anyone recall "Pinchy" from The Simpsons? Particularly Pinchy's final demise (not seen here):