A Minute of Silence for Paul the Octopus…

Posted on October 27, 2010

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Paul - The Octopus (Photo Credit - www.ndtv.com)

“Paul the Octopus.”

Does that name sound familiar in any way!?

Maybe not to a few people, but definitely to those who followed every unfolding event  during the recently held World Cup, 2010 in South Africa.

Paul the Octopus, was popularly known for his accurate predictions of World cup matches, especially the prediction of all Germany’s World Cup clashes, and then of the final, by selecting one of two boxes, each filled with a mussel food treat and inscribed on the outside with respective team flags. Paul beat the odds during the World Cup by correctly forecasting all eight games he was asked to predict, including Spain’s 1-0 win over the Netherlands in the final.

Paul was however confirmed dead yesterday, October 26th by his owners at the Oberhausen Sea Life Centre in Germany.

The management and staff at the center were devastated at the news of paul’s demise and claim he would be missed by many. They furthered by stating that, Paul will live on in the form of a range of commercial enterprises ranging from special clothing lines to mobile phone applications. He will also feature in a documentary.

“Paul amazed the world by correctly predicting the winners of all Germany’s World Cup clashes, and then of the final,” said Sea Life manager Stefan Porwoll.

“His success made him almost a bigger story than the World Cup itself… We had all naturally grown very fond of him and he will be sorely missed,” said Porwoll.

Paul’s body is now in cold storage while the aquarium decides “how best to mark his passing.”

However, Paul’s fans need not despair. The aquarium has already been grooming a successor, to be named Paul like his mentor.

“We may decide to give Paul his own small burial plot within our grounds and erect a modest permanent shrine,” said Porwoll.

“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.”

And in case you’re wondering why Paul’s featured in The Wild Black Child Blog,” he rocked Africa while he was with us!!!”

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