Oracle Octopus Paul is dead

Oracle Octopus Paul is dead

Paul, an aquarium octopus, which correctly predicted the results of 8 World Cup football matches in succession this summer, has died, the Sealife Oberhausen visitor attraction in Germany said.

Spain, in particular, hailed Paul as a national treasure after the mollusc twice picked the Spaniards as winners, first against Germany then over the Dutch in the final.

Aquarium staff employed Paul as an oracle by giving him a choice of two plastic buckets, each marked with a national flag, and seeing which one he reached into first for his favourite food, shellfish.


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