Paul the Octopus, the tentacled oracle who enthralled millions of people around the world by correctly predicting results at this yearís World Cup, was murdered today by unknown assassins. German police suspects it may be the work of some Dutch soccer fans who were incensed by Paulís prediction of their loss to Spain in the world cup final. German police are seeking help from Interpol to assist them in their investigations.
There are some quarters who think that Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad† may have a hand in Paul’s death. Ahmadinejad has criticised that the sea-based oracle represents the decadence and decay that characterises ‘his enemies’. He has accused Paul of spreading ‘Western propaganda and superstition’ during a speech in Tehran.
Paul was in good shape when he was checked late Monday, but he did not make it through the night. He was assassinated under cover of darkness between Monday night and Tuesday morning.
I guess that must have really caught your attention. I am sorry to clarify that there is no truth to the above.† Actually Paul had reached the octopus old age of 21/2 years and died from natural causes in his tank on Tuesday morning at the Oberhausen Sea Life Center in the western German city of Oberhausen, spokeswoman Ariane Vieregge said. Life expectancy of octopus is about 2 and a half years.
“We are consoled by the knowledge that he enjoyed a good life here.” said Stefan Porwoll, manager of the Oberhausen Sea Life Center in western Germany. “We had all naturally grown fond of him and he will be sorely missed.”
“Paul amazed the world by correctly predicting the winners of all Germany’s World Cup clashes, and then of the final,” Porwoll said.
Paul also inspired a special clothing line and mobile phone applications. A documentary film on Paul is scheduled to debut soon. Paulís name will live on the Greek island of Zakynthos, where a permanent sea turtle rescue center funded in part by donations generated by the famous octopus is being established.
ďEl Pulpo PaulĒ became so popular in Spain that the northwestern Spanish town of O Carballino tried to borrow him and made him an ďhonorary friend.Ē
The aquarium has not yet decided how best to commemorate their most famous resident, he said.
“We may decide to give Paul his own small burial plot within our grounds and erect a modest permanent shrine,” Porwoll said. “While this may seem a curious thing to do for a sea creature, Paul achieved such popularity during his short life that it may be deemed the most appropriate course of action.”
The sea center has Paul’s body in cold storage as it finalizes funeral plans.
After rising to global prominence during the World Cup in South Africa in June and July, Paul retired from the predictions business after the final between Spain and the Netherlands – the result of which he also forecast correctly – and returned to his prime role of making children happy.
After his World Cup soothsaying skills were revealed, the English-born Paul was appointed as an ambassador to Englandís bid to host the 2018 World Cup. He had English roots, having been hatched at Weymouth Sea Life Center on Englandís south coast in 2008.
Will Spanish flags be flying at half-mast on the day of Paul’s funeral? That would truly create history!
You brought so much added fun to this year’s world cup and you will be sadly missed. I, in particular, will truly miss you. My blog posts about your World Cup antics brought huge amount of traffic to my blog. And for that, I am truly† grateful to you!
Der Tinten Fisch Paul Oktopus, rest in peace!