‘Psychic octopus’ retires triumphant

Paul the Octopus, the mesmerizing
mollusk whose supernatural skill at predicting World Cup outcomes earned him a
global following, is retiring from football forecasting. The soccer savant
stunned fans around the world by successfully picking the outcome of eight
World Cup games without getting a single prediction wrong.

The sophisticated cephalopod even
earned death threats, and his pick against Germany may have doomed his own country
in the quarterfinals. After so much work, Paul will cease his soccer seeing.

“He won’t give any more oracle
predictions – either in football, or in politics, lifestyle or economy,” a
spokesman for Paul’s aquarium in Oberhausen, Germany said. Instead, “Paul
will get back to his former job, playing with his trainers and making children
laugh.” To commemorate his amazing achievement, the brilliant octopus was
presented with a golden cup honouring his prognosticating prowess.

Meanwhile, Paul’s powerful
celebrity only continues to grow. Italians tried to claim that the eight-legged
oracle was theirs, and Spain’s prime minister expressed desire to protect Paul.

At two-and-a-half years old, Paul’s
caretakers say it is highly unlikely that the genius octopus will survive to
observe Euro 2012, Germany’s next opportunity to shine at the international