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Oracle octopus predicts champs

<p>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.   REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay</p>

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...more

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. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

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<p>Two year-old octopus Paul, the so-called "octopus oracle" predicts Spain's 2010 World Cup final victory over The Netherlands by choosing a mussel, from a glass box decorated with the Spanish national flag instead of a glass box with the Dutch flag, at the Sea Life Aquarium in the western German city of Oberhausen July 9, 2010.  REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay</p>

Two year-old octopus Paul, the so-called "octopus oracle" predicts Spain's 2010 World Cup final victory over The Netherlands by choosing a mussel, from a glass box decorated with the Spanish national flag instead of a glass box with the Dutch flag,...more

Two year-old octopus Paul, the so-called "octopus oracle" predicts Spain's 2010 World Cup final victory over The Netherlands by choosing a mussel, from a glass box decorated with the Spanish national flag instead of a glass box with the Dutch flag, at the Sea Life Aquarium in the western German city of Oberhausen July 9, 2010. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

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<p>Two year-old octopus Paul, the so-called "octopus oracle" predicts Spain's victory in their 2010 World Cup semi-final match against Germany by choosing a mussel, from a glass box decorated with the Spanish national flag instead of a glass box with the German flag, at the Sea Life Aquarium in the western German city of Oberhausen July 6, 2010.    REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay</p>

Two year-old octopus Paul, the so-called "octopus oracle" predicts Spain's victory in their 2010 World Cup semi-final match against Germany by choosing a mussel, from a glass box decorated with the Spanish national flag instead of a glass box with...more

Two year-old octopus Paul, the so-called "octopus oracle" predicts Spain's victory in their 2010 World Cup semi-final match against Germany by choosing a mussel, from a glass box decorated with the Spanish national flag instead of a glass box with the German flag, at the Sea Life Aquarium in the western German city of Oberhausen July 6, 2010. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

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<p>Octopus "Paul", better known as the so-called "octopus oracle" sites on a soccer ball in his aquarium at the Sea Life Aquarium in the western German city of Oberhausen July 9, 2010.   REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay</p>

Octopus "Paul", better known as the so-called "octopus oracle" sites on a soccer ball in his aquarium at the Sea Life Aquarium in the western German city of Oberhausen July 9, 2010. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

Octopus "Paul", better known as the so-called "octopus oracle" sites on a soccer ball in his aquarium at the Sea Life Aquarium in the western German city of Oberhausen July 9, 2010. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

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<p>Two year-old octopus Paul, the so-called "octopus oracle" predicts Germany's victory in their 2010 World Cup third place match against Uruguay by choosing the mussel, from a glass box decorated with the German national flag instead of a glass box with the Uruguay flag, at the Sea Life Aquarium in the western German city of Oberhausen July 9, 2010.   REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay</p>

Two year-old octopus Paul, the so-called "octopus oracle" predicts Germany's victory in their 2010 World Cup third place match against Uruguay by choosing the mussel, from a glass box decorated with the German national flag instead of a glass box...more

Two year-old octopus Paul, the so-called "octopus oracle" predicts Germany's victory in their 2010 World Cup third place match against Uruguay by choosing the mussel, from a glass box decorated with the German national flag instead of a glass box with the Uruguay flag, at the Sea Life Aquarium in the western German city of Oberhausen July 9, 2010. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

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<p>A two year-old octopus Paul, the so-called "octopus oracle" predicts Germany's victory in their 2010 World Cup quarter-final match against Argentina by choosing a mussel, from a glass box with the German flag instead of a glass box with the Argentinian flag, at the Sea Life Aquarium in the western German city of Oberhausen June 29, 2010.   REUTERS/Kirsten Neumann </p>

A two year-old octopus Paul, the so-called "octopus oracle" predicts Germany's victory in their 2010 World Cup quarter-final match against Argentina by choosing a mussel, from a glass box with the German flag instead of a glass box with the...more

A two year-old octopus Paul, the so-called "octopus oracle" predicts Germany's victory in their 2010 World Cup quarter-final match against Argentina by choosing a mussel, from a glass box with the German flag instead of a glass box with the Argentinian flag, at the Sea Life Aquarium in the western German city of Oberhausen June 29, 2010. REUTERS/Kirsten Neumann

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<p>Soccer fans, one of them dressed as "octopus oracle" Paul, wait to watch a public screening of the World Cup 2010 final match between Spain and the Netherlands in downtown Madrid July 11, 2010.  REUTERS/Gustau Nacarino </p>

Soccer fans, one of them dressed as "octopus oracle" Paul, wait to watch a public screening of the World Cup 2010 final match between Spain and the Netherlands in downtown Madrid July 11, 2010. REUTERS/Gustau Nacarino

Soccer fans, one of them dressed as "octopus oracle" Paul, wait to watch a public screening of the World Cup 2010 final match between Spain and the Netherlands in downtown Madrid July 11, 2010. REUTERS/Gustau Nacarino

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<p>A Dutch fan wears an octopus-shaped hat outside the Soccer City stadium before the FIFA World Cup 2010 final match between Netherlands and Spain in Johannesburg, July 11, 2010. REUTERS/Radu Sigheti</p>

A Dutch fan wears an octopus-shaped hat outside the Soccer City stadium before the FIFA World Cup 2010 final match between Netherlands and Spain in Johannesburg, July 11, 2010. REUTERS/Radu Sigheti

A Dutch fan wears an octopus-shaped hat outside the Soccer City stadium before the FIFA World Cup 2010 final match between Netherlands and Spain in Johannesburg, July 11, 2010. REUTERS/Radu Sigheti

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<p>Media representatives gather in front of Awindow of the aquarium of octopus "Paul" better known as the so-called "octopus oracle" at the Sea Life Aquarium in the western German city of Oberhausen July 9, 2010.   REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay</p>

Media representatives gather in front of Awindow of the aquarium of octopus "Paul" better known as the so-called "octopus oracle" at the Sea Life Aquarium in the western German city of Oberhausen July 9, 2010. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

Media representatives gather in front of Awindow of the aquarium of octopus "Paul" better known as the so-called "octopus oracle" at the Sea Life Aquarium in the western German city of Oberhausen July 9, 2010. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

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<p>A two year-old octopus Paul, the so-called "octopus oracle" predicts Germany's victory in their 2010 World Cup quarter-final match against Argentina by choosing a mussel, from a glass box with the German flag instead of a glass box with the Argentinian flag, at the Sea Life Aquarium in the western German city of Oberhausen June 29, 2010.   REUTERS/Kirsten Neumann</p>

A two year-old octopus Paul, the so-called "octopus oracle" predicts Germany's victory in their 2010 World Cup quarter-final match against Argentina by choosing a mussel, from a glass box with the German flag instead of a glass box with the...more

A two year-old octopus Paul, the so-called "octopus oracle" predicts Germany's victory in their 2010 World Cup quarter-final match against Argentina by choosing a mussel, from a glass box with the German flag instead of a glass box with the Argentinian flag, at the Sea Life Aquarium in the western German city of Oberhausen June 29, 2010. REUTERS/Kirsten Neumann

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<p>A two year-old octopus Paul, the so-called "octopus oracle" predicts Germany's victory in their 2010 World Cup quarter-final match against Argentina by choosing a mussel, from a glass box with the German flag instead of a glass box with the Argentinian flag, at the Sea Life Aquarium in the western German city of Oberhausen June 29, 2010.   REUTERS/Kirsten Neumann</p>

A two year-old octopus Paul, the so-called "octopus oracle" predicts Germany's victory in their 2010 World Cup quarter-final match against Argentina by choosing a mussel, from a glass box with the German flag instead of a glass box with the...more

A two year-old octopus Paul, the so-called "octopus oracle" predicts Germany's victory in their 2010 World Cup quarter-final match against Argentina by choosing a mussel, from a glass box with the German flag instead of a glass box with the Argentinian flag, at the Sea Life Aquarium in the western German city of Oberhausen June 29, 2010. REUTERS/Kirsten Neumann

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<p>A two year-old octopus "Paul", the so-called "octopus oracle" predicts Germany's victory in their World Cup last 16 clash against England by choosing a mussel, from a glass box with the German flag instead of a glass box with the England flag, at the Sea Life Aquarium in the western German city of Oberhausen June 25, 2010.   REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay</p>

A two year-old octopus "Paul", the so-called "octopus oracle" predicts Germany's victory in their World Cup last 16 clash against England by choosing a mussel, from a glass box with the German flag instead of a glass box with the England flag, at the...more

A two year-old octopus "Paul", the so-called "octopus oracle" predicts Germany's victory in their World Cup last 16 clash against England by choosing a mussel, from a glass box with the German flag instead of a glass box with the England flag, at the Sea Life Aquarium in the western German city of Oberhausen June 25, 2010. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

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<p>Octopus Paul, better known as the so-called "octopus oracle" swims in front of a soccer ball in his tank at the Sea Life Aquarium in the western German city of Oberhausen July 9, 2010.    REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay</p>

Octopus Paul, better known as the so-called "octopus oracle" swims in front of a soccer ball in his tank at the Sea Life Aquarium in the western German city of Oberhausen July 9, 2010. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

Octopus Paul, better known as the so-called "octopus oracle" swims in front of a soccer ball in his tank at the Sea Life Aquarium in the western German city of Oberhausen July 9, 2010. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

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