Friday, October 29, 2010
Paul The Octopus Passes Away
Many of you may have known Paul the octopus due to his renowned skills of predicting the outcomes of football matches in the South Africa World cup.Originally born in England he was labeled a traitor by English football fans when he predicted the defeat of England at the hands of Germany in the football World cup.
Up until then, Paul had correctly predicted all of Germany's results, including a loss against Serbia in the group stages.
He died on 26th November,2010.The aquarium authorities and many of his fans were devastated by his death.
“Paul amazed the world by correctly prediciting 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 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. The fans need not despair too much at his death, though, as the aquarium has already been grooming a successor, to be named Paul like his mentor. Paul’s body is now in cold storage while the aquarium decides “how best to mark his passing”.
“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.”