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Photostream : Good Bye Paul The Octopus, Auf Wiedersehen !

Octopus oracle Paul to retire after perfect record

Photostream : Paul The Octopus Predicts Spain Win In Final

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Germany’s so-called oracle octopus Paul, swims in front of a mock soccer World Cup trophy in its tank at the Sea Life Aquarium in the western German city of Oberhausen July 12, 2010. The two-year-old celebrity octopus, accurately picked the outcome of all six of Germany’s 2010 World Cup matches, even the two defeats, and then went on to correctly predict Spain to beat the Netherlands in the World Cup final. The conservative German newspaperFrankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung paid tribute in its story to the celebrity octopus on Monday “Paul the oracle octopus in Oberhausen got it right again,” the FAZ wrote.  (Getty)

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In this picture provided by the Sea Life Aquarium in Oberhausen, Germany, shows octopus Paul swimming next to a golden cup similar to the World Cup trophy Monday July 12, 2010. No more World Cup, no more octopus oracle. Paul, the octopus who became a pop culture sensation by correctly predicting the outcome of as many World Cup matches as he has legs – all seven of Germany’s games plus the Spain-Netherlands final – is going to retire. However, Paul took one last curtain call on Monday. Aquarium employees presented the octopus with a golden cup – similar to the official World Cup trophy.o (Getty)

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Germany’s so-called oracle octopus Paul, swims in front of a mock soccer World Cup trophy in his tank at the Sea Life Aquarium in the western German city of Oberhausen July 12, 2010. Paul was given a replica of the World Cup on Monday as a reward for his perfect eight-for-eight record in picking matches as bettors worldwide collected their winnings based on his selections. Paul’s home at Sea Life aquarium in Oberhausen has been inundated with visitors and media from acrossEurope . Many networks broadcast his picks live. Hundreds were on hand to watch the World Cup replica lowered into his tank on Monday. (Getty)

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ADDING INFO ON THE SCULPTURE An Indian artist puts the finishing touches to a sand sculpture representing Paul the Octopus on a football ahead of the FIFA World Cup final match between Spain and The Netherlands, depicting a football covered with an octopus in Bhubaneswar on July 10, 2010. Spain will face the Netherlands in the FIFA 2010 World Cup final soccer match on July 11, at Soccer City stadium inJohannesburg, South Africa. (Getty)

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An octopus named Paul sits on a box decorated with a Spanish flag and a shell inside on July 9, 2010 at the Sea Life aquarium in Oberhausen, western Germany. Paul’s task is to decide in favour of one of the shells hidden in boxes with the flags of the Netherlands and Spain to act thus as oracle for the upcoming final match of theFIFA Football World Cup between the two countries on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg , South Africa. Paul, the ‘psychic’ octopus, who had predicted well the result of six German matches earlier in the tournament, predicted Spain will win the football World Cup for the first time in their history. (Getty)

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A Netherlands fan holds a sign reading, ‘Octopus a l’Orange’ during the 2010 World Cup football final between the Netherlands and Spain on July 11, 2010 at Soccer City stadium in Soweto, suburban Johannesburg.  (Getty)

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Spain’s Andres Iniesta holds a mock version of Paul the oracle octopus as he and his team mates celebrate their World Cup victory on a stage in Madrid July 12, 2010. The octopus, who lives in an aquarium in the German city of Oberhausen, had picked Spain to beat the Netherlands in Sunday’s final. (Getty)

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Spain’s Andres Iniesta holds a mock version of Paul the oracle octopus as he and his team mates celebrate their World Cup victory on a stage in Madrid July 12, 2010. The octopus, who lives in an aquarium in the German city of Oberhausen, had picked Spain to beat the Netherlands in Sunday’s final. (Getty)

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Spain’s goalkeeper Pepe Reina (L) jokes with a puppet of Paul the Octopus on a stage set up for them in Madrid on July 12, 2010 a day after they won the 2010 FIFA football World Cup match against the Netherlands in Johannesburg. (Getty)

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