Paul the Octopus to receive public ‘Paul Corner’ memorial

He’ll go down in history as one of the faces of 2010 but now three months after his death, Paul the Octopus is to receive a permanent memorial, writes The cephalopod shot to fame last summer after predicting the results of several matches in the football World Cup in South Africa. And after he passed away in his sleep in October, Paul’s former carers at the Sea Life Centre in Oberhausen, Germany, have announced the octopus will be given a shrine to mark his seemingly expert predictions. The tentacled creature correctly predicted the outcome of eight matches at the 2010 World Cup, including Germany’s thrashing of England and Spain’s victory over The Netherlands in the final. He had cost bookmakers thousands after floating languidly towards boxes of mussels draped in the colours of competing teams in the South African tournament last year. The aquarium where Paul lived had mooted the idea of erecting a memorial to the octopus after his death last year and now the soothsayer’s legacy will be enshrined with a permanent monument.

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