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RIP: Paul the Octopus

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

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

Two year-old octopus Paul, the so-called "octopus oracle" predicts Spain's victory in their 2010 World Cup semi-final soccer 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 quarter-final soccer 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>

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

Two year-old octopus Paul, the so-called "octopus oracle" predicts Germany's victory in their 2010 World Cup quarter-final soccer 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>"Paul", the so-called "octopus oracle", is presented with a jersey at the Sea Life Aquarium in the western German city of Oberhausen, July 22, 2010. 

REUTERS/Kirsten Neumann    </p>

"Paul", the so-called "octopus oracle", is presented with a jersey at the Sea Life Aquarium in the western German city of Oberhausen, July 22, 2010. REUTERS/Kirsten Neumann

"Paul", the so-called "octopus oracle", is presented with a jersey at the Sea Life Aquarium in the western German city of Oberhausen, July 22, 2010. REUTERS/Kirsten Neumann

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<p>Two year-old octopus Paul, the so-called "octopus oracle" predicts Spain's 2010 soccer 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 soccer 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...more

Two year-old octopus Paul, the so-called "octopus oracle" predicts Spain's 2010 soccer 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>A two year-old octopus Paul, the so-called "octopus oracle" predicts Germany's victory in their 2010 World Cup quarter-final soccer 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 soccer 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 soccer 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>Paul the octopus is seen before entering the 'England 2018 World Cup bid box' in the Sea Life Centre in Oberhausen, Germany. Photo released August 20, 2010.  


 REUTERS/Sea Life Centre/Pitch/Handout   </p>

Paul the octopus is seen before entering the 'England 2018 World Cup bid box' in the Sea Life Centre in Oberhausen, Germany. Photo released August 20, 2010. REUTERS/Sea Life Centre/Pitch/Handout

Paul the octopus is seen before entering the 'England 2018 World Cup bid box' in the Sea Life Centre in Oberhausen, Germany. Photo released August 20, 2010. REUTERS/Sea Life Centre/Pitch/Handout

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<p>Two year-old octopus Paul, the so-called "octopus oracle" predicts Spain's 2010 soccer 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 soccer 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...more

Two year-old octopus Paul, the so-called "octopus oracle" predicts Spain's 2010 soccer 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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