Paul the Octopus Dies

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PostTue Oct 26, 2010 4:29 pm » by sockpuppet

Paul the predicting octopus dies

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP)—Paul the Octopus, the tentacled tipster who fascinated football fans by correctly predicting results at this year’s World Cup, died Tuesday.

Paul had reached octopus old age of 2 1/2 years and died in his tank on Tuesday morning in an aquarium in the western German city of Oberhausen, spokeswoman Ariane Vieregge said.

Paul seemed to be in good shape when he was checked late Monday, but he did not make it through the night. He died of natural causes, Vieregge added.

“We had all naturally grown very fond of him and he will be sorely missed,” Sea Life manager Stefan Porwoll said in a statement.

The aquarium has not yet decided how best to commemorate their most famous resident, he said.

“We may decide to give Paul his own small burial plot within our grounds, and erect a modest permanent shrine,” Porwoll said.

After rising to global prominence during the World Cup in South Africa in June and July, Paul retired from the predictions business after the final between Spain and the Netherlands—the result of which he also forecast correctly—and returned to his prime role of making children happy.

The blogosphere erupted in sympathy for Paul, although some saw him more as a tasty morsel than a departed friend. “Will they cook him Galician-style? I wonder how much a plate of Paul with a beer must cost,” wrote Jordi, alluding to the popularity of octopus as a dish in the northwest Galicia region and much of Spain.

Others were more philosophical on hearing of Paul’s death.

“For the next month I will go to class dressed in mourning, wrapped in a black suit and with my gaze lost in the horizon, as this calamitous event deserves no less,” wrote ‘relojero’ which means watchmaker. Another blogger, Pedro, saw a sinister hand at work. “An autopsy should be carried out, it’s certain some betting office killed him.”

In July, the Sea Life aquarium in Oberhausen said Paul was stepping “back from the official oracle business.

“He won’t give any more oracle predictions—neither in football, nor in politics, lifestyle or economy,” said spokeswoman Tanja Munzig. “Paul will get back to his former job, namely making children laugh.”

Paul correctly tipped the outcome of all seven of Germany’s games. He made his predictions by opening the lid of one of two clear plastic boxes, each containing a mussel and bearing a team flag.

After his World Cup soothsaying skills were revealed, the English-born Paul was appointed as an ambassador to England’s bid to host the 2018 World Cup. He had English roots, having been hatched at Weymouth Sea Life Center on England’s south coast in 2008.

Imitators sprang up all over the world, including Mani the Parakeet in Singapore and Lorenzo the Parrot in Hannover, Germany.

The latest was a saltwater crocodile named Dirty Harry, who predicted Spain’s World Cup final win and called the result of Australia’s general election by snatching a chicken carcass dangling beneath a caricature of Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

“El Pulpo Paul” became so popular in Spain that the northwestern Spanish town of O Carballino tried to borrow him and made him an “honorary friend.”

In response to hundreds of requests to bring Paul to Spain, the Madrid Zoo asked Sea Life if it would be willing to make a deal to bring him in as a tribute to the Spanish football team’s victory, either temporarily or for good. But the German aquarium turned down that offer, too.

Paul also had an agent and Paul’s name will live on the Greek island of Zakynthos, where a permanent sea turtle rescue center funded in part by donations generated by the famous octopus is being established. ... topusdeath
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PostTue Oct 26, 2010 4:33 pm » by Otomon

Death of other famous people on this date:

899 - Alfred the Great, writer/king of Wessex (871-99), dies
1132 - Floris the Black, brother of earl Dirk VI of Holland, murdered
1235 - Andres II Arpad, King of Hungary (1205-35), dies
1440 - Gilles de Rais, French marshal, killer of 140 children, hanged
1576 - Frederick II the Vrome, ruler of Palts, dies
1607 - Philipp Nicolai, German Lutherian theologist/poet/composer, dies at 52
1608 - Juan Pantoja de la Cruz, Spanish royal painter, dies
1633 - Horio Tadaharu, Japanese warlord (b. 1596)
1640 - Pietro Tacca, Italian sculptor/architect, dies at 63
1658 - Francisco de Borja y Aragon Esquilache, Spanish poet, dies
1661 - Johann B Schup, [Schuppius], German poet/historian/vicar, dies
1671 - Sir John Gell, 1st Baronet, English politician (b. 1593)
1675 - William Sprague, English co-founder of Charlestown, Massachusetts (b. 1609)
1678 - John Jenkins, composer, dies
1679 - Roger Boyle, 1st Earl of Orrery, British soldier, statesman, and dramatist (b. 1621)
1686 - John Egerton, 2nd Earl of Bridgewater, English politician (b. 1623)
1693 - Coenraad van Beuningen, mayor of Amsterdam/diplomat, dies at 71
1706 - Andreas Werkmeister, composer, dies at 60
1717 - Catherine Sedley, English mistress of James II of England (b. 1657)
1733 - Antonio Veracini, composer, dies at 74
1749 - Louis-Nicholas Clerambault, French composer/organist, dies at 72
1751 - Philip Doddridge, English religious leader (b. 1702)
1756 - Johann Theodor Romhild, composer, dies at 72
1764 - William Hogarth, British painter (b. 1697)
1773 - Amédée-François Frézier, French military engineer and explorer (b. 1682)
1803 - Granville Leveson-Gower, 1st Marquess of Stafford, English politician (b. 1721)
1806 - John Graves Simcoe, first lieutenant-governor of Upper Canada (b. 1752)
1817 - Nikolaus Joseph von Jacquin, Austrian scientist (b. 1727)
1823 - Josef Preindl, composer, dies at 67
1848 - Vissarion G Belinski, Russian literature critic, dies
1858 - Isac Baker Woodbury, composer, dies at 39
1864 - "Bloody Bill" Anderson, American Civil War rebel guerrilla leader (b. 1839)
1866 - John Kinder Labatt, Irish-Canadian brewer (Labatt Brewing Company) (b. 1803)
1867 - John Fawcett, composer, dies at 77
1868 - B F Randolph, SC state senator, assassinated
1874 - Peter Cornelius, German composer, dies at 49
1881 - Billy Clanton, brother of Ike, dies
1890 - Collodi, [Carlo Lorenzini], Italian writer (Pinocchio), dies
1896 - Paul-Armand Challemel-Lacour, French statesman (b. 1827)
1902 - Elizabeth Cady Stanton, American feminist and suffragette (b. 1815)
1903 - Herbert Stanley Oakeley, composer, dies at 73
1903 - Victorin de Joncieres, composer, dies at 64
1909 - Horiboemi Ito, Prince of Japan, assassinated by a Korean
1929 - Arno Holz, writer, dies at 66
1930 - Harry Payne Whitney, American businessman (b. 1872)
1931 - Charles Comiskey, baseball team owner (b. 1859)
1935 - Akos Buttykai, composer, dies at 64
1936 - Bob Dellemijn, Lourdes-ganger/Franco-volunteer, dies in battle at 18
1937 - Józef Dowbór-Muśnicki, Polish general (b. 1867)
1941 - Arkady Gaidar, Russian children's writer (b. 1904)
1943 - Marc Aurel Stein, Hungarian-born archaeologist (b. 1862)
1944 - Princess Beatrice of the United Kingdom, daughter of Queen Victoria (b. 1857)
1944 - William Temple, Archbishop of Canterbury (b. 1881)
1945 - Paul Pelliot, French explorer (b. 1878)
1945 - Alexei Krylov, Russian engineer and mathematician (b. 1863)
1947 - Canon Edwin Sidney Savage, English rector (b. 1862)
1952 - Hattie McDaniel, American singer and actress (b. 1895)
1954 - Floris HL Prims, Flemish priest/historian/archivist of Antwerp, dies
1955 - Arne Eggen, composer, dies at 74
1956 - Walter Gieseking, German pianist/composer, dies at 60
1957 - N Kazantzakis, writer, dies
1961 - Edgar Mayne, cricketer (4 Tests for Australia around WWI), dies
1961 - Milan Stojadinović, Premier of Yugoslavia (1935-39), dies at 73
1962 - Hattie McDaniel actress (Gone With the Wind), dies at 67
1962 - Louise Beavers, actress (Beulah-Beulah), dies at 64
1964 - Agnes Miegel, writer, dies
1965 - Sylvia Likens, American torture victim (b. 1949)
1966 - Alma Cogan, English singer (b. 1932)
1968 - Erich Von Stroheim, actor/director (Napoleon), dies of cancer at 52
1971 - Robert Gordon director/writer (Loveless), dies at 76
1971 - Vincent Coleman, American actor (b. 1901)
1972 - Igor Sikorsky, Russian-American aviation pioneer and helicopter builder, dies at 83
1976 - Deryck Victor Cooke, composer, dies at 57
1978 - George Grant, cricketer (WI Test captain through early 1930's), dies
1979 - Jackie Grant, cricketer (West Indian captain 1930-35), dies
1979 - Park Chung-hee, South Korean President, assassinated
1980 - Marcello J tie Neves Alves Caetano, premier of Portugal, dies at 74
1982 - Giovanni Benelli, archbishop of Florence/Pope candidate, dies
1984 - John Woods Duke, composer, dies at 85
1984 - Laurie Langenbach, author, dies at 37
1984 - Sue Randall, actress (Miss Landers-Leave it to Beaver), dies at 49
1986 - Jackson Scholz, American runner (b. 1897)
1989 - Andrew Roberts, cricketer (7 Tests for New Zealand 1976), dies
1989 - Charles J. Pedersen, American Nobel laureate (b. 1904)
1990 - William Paley, CEO (CBS), dies of a heart attack at 89
1991 - Lori Rae Matthews, crushed to death by an artist's 485 lb umbrella
1992 - Dottie Green, female baseball player (Peaches), dies of cancer at 71
1992 - Jerome Andrews, US/French dancer/choreographer, dies
1992 - Laurel Cronin, actor (Beethoven, Housesitter), dies of cancer at 53
1993 - Absolutely Nobody, [David Powers], Wash lt-gov candidate, dies at 37
1993 - H Hardenberg, writer, dies
1994 - Rudi van Vlaenderen, Flemish actor/dir/poet (Thyestes), dies at 64
1994 - Tutta Rolf, actress (Whalers), dies at 87
1994 - Wilbert Harrison, singer, dies at 65
1995 - Agha Saadat Ali, cricketer (8 not out in 1 inn for Pak 1956), dies
1995 - Bernhard Heiliger, sculptor, dies at 79
1995 - Georgia Neese Gray, 1st Woman Treasurer of USA, dies at 95
1996 - Gordon Scarrott, engineer, dies at 80
1996 - Hans Walter Kosterliz, biochemist, dies at 93
1996 - Sylvia Mary Paget Chancellor, philanthropist, dies at 95
1999 - Hoyt Axton, American actor and country music singer-songwriter (b. 1938)
2002 - Jacques Massu, French general (b. 1908)
2002 - Movsar Barayev, Chechen militant (b. 1979)
2004 - Bobby Avila, Major League Baseball player (b. 1924)
2005 - Keith Parkinson, fantasy artist (b. 1958)
2006 - Pontus Hultén, Swedish art collector and museum director (b. 1924)
2007 - Nicolae Dobrin, Romanian footballer (b. 1947)
2007 - Friedman Paul Erhardt (Chef Tell), German-born American TV chef (b. 1943)
2007 - Dr. Arthur Kornberg, American Nobel Prize laureate in 1959 for the discovery of DNA polymerase (b. 1918)
2007 - Khun Sa, Burmese warlord (b. 1934)
2008 - Tony Hillerman, American writer (b. 1925)
2008 - Delmar Watson, American child actor (b. 1926)
2009 - Teel Bivins, American politician (b. 1947)
2009 - George Na'ope, American musician (b. 1928)

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PostTue Oct 26, 2010 5:43 pm » by E6722maj

maybe a far east betting syndicate had him 'retired'? :think:


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PostTue Oct 26, 2010 6:11 pm » by Donovan

e6722maj wrote:maybe a far east betting syndicate had him 'retired'? :think:


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PostTue Oct 26, 2010 6:14 pm » by TheDuck

I almost made a post on this earlier but though pfft lol :D

Only 'cus I'm not really a football fan...poor Octopus though...

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PostTue Oct 26, 2010 6:19 pm » by Otomon

EXO 20:3 "You shall have no other gods before me.

4 "You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.

5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me,

23 Do not make any gods to be alongside me; do not make for yourselves gods of silver or gods of gold.

23:13 "Be careful to do everything I have said to you. Do not invoke the names of other gods; do not let them be heard on your lips.

32:4 He took what they handed him and made it into an idol cast in the shape of a calf, fashioning it with a tool. Then they said, "These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt."

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PostWed Oct 27, 2010 1:47 am » by Harbin

This simply proves that communist soccer is EVIL. The NWO futbol fans at the aquarium got this innocent creature in involved with soccer and it killed it at a young age !
Shame on all those involved.

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PostWed Oct 27, 2010 2:24 pm » by Thruster

Well....'Paul - The Octopus' did not 'see' that one coming.

I think a lot of people will be up in arms over his death. (up in arms,lol :lol: )

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PostWed Oct 27, 2010 3:36 pm » by Germanpils

i dont get all the hype about this paul. he made many wrong "predictions" before.

i bet he didnt see his own death coming.
Your eyes are useless when your mind is blind.

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PostWed Oct 27, 2010 4:39 pm » by E6722maj

thruster wrote:Well....'Paul - The Octopus' did not 'see' that one coming.

I think a lot of people will be up in arms over his death. (up in arms,lol :lol: )

groan :D



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