Paul the Octopus gets own memorial

Paul the Octopus became an international celebrity after he accurately predicted Germany's 2010 World Cup outcomes.


Three months after passing away, Paul the Octopus has received a memorial.

The eight-armed cephalopod, who died in October at the age of 2 and a half, gained fans around the world for accurately predicting the outcome of Germany's 2010 World Cup games, and one of Spain's.

The Sea Life Center unveiled on Thursday a six-foot plastic replica of the octopus oracle clutching a soccer ball in his arms. Inside the ball, Paul's ashes were placed in a gold-leaf urn, which also resembles the octopus.

During the World Cup last year, Paul's caretakers at the Oberhausen Sea Life Center in western Germany would place two glass boxes containing a mussel and a flag to represent each competing team. Paul would open the box of the winning team first. He did this eight times in a row, correctly picking the winner of each of Germany's seven matches, as well as the outcome of the final match. The odds of achieving the same results with a coin toss are one in 256.

Reuters reports an American-produced documentary is in the works.

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