Paul the Psychic Octopus became famous during the World Cup in South Africa, his predictions started as a game, but ended up by becoming the world’s number one predictions source. Some sources claimed him to be English, age two and named Paul, while others said he is not even a year old, born in Italy and name Paolo, Who is telling the truth? On October 26 Paul or Paolo was found dead and as crazy as it sounds we are going to check out Paul The Octopus’ Biography, remembered by some of his best photos and awesome videos after the jump.
Many people thought that Paul the psychic Octopus’ predictions were the best of knowing what team was going to win at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, he didn’t just become a famous and dear predictions reporter per say, but turned out to be the best. His popularity became so big that his predictions were even going to be in the Chinese thriller film directed by Xiao Jiang who changed the original title The Legend of The World Cup or “Ran Qing Shi Jie Bei” to Kill Paul Octopus after his World Cup popularity. The film starred a Chinese octopus as Paul and was released in August, he received several merchandise deals. Rumors about his possible retirement from predicting was heard in July, but soon his name was among other many English celebrities named official ambassador for England’s 2018 World Cup bid.
Paul was English, but Germany had been his home for the past two years, possible buyers approached spokespeople from the German Aquarium and said that Paul was staying in Germany, adding that he would step back from predicting for a while and go back to making children happy, but there were some that didn’t feel so happy about Paul those were the teams who Paul predicted to lose at South Africa even Germans threatened to cook and eat him after he chose Spain over Germany in the semi finals, the Oranje probably felt the same way when Paul once again chose Spain as the World Cup Champion, but even so he still was considered one important name during the popular soccer event.
Although some claimed Paul to be Italian, a much more younger octopus who they called Paolo, that is the story Verena Bartsch told media when she called herself to be the psychic octopus’ mother having caught him in April when he was no more than 4 weeks old in the Italian Mediterranean island of Elba in Tuscany. She was photographed in an article at the Bild next to his bother Otto Jr. According to other sources Paul was born in 2008 in Weymouth, England and later transported to the Sea Life Aquarium in Oberhausen, Germany, got his name after Boy Lornsen’s poem Der Tintenfisch Paul Oktopus, whether he is Paul the British Psychic Octopus or Paolo the Italian octopus he is an Octopus Vularis aka common octopus who lives for 12 to 18 months, which doesn’t match eeither of the two claims about Paul’s age at the time of his death on October 26th.
Paul was found dead in the morning by the aquarium’s staff. According to recent statements Paul died overnight due to natural causes. Staff at the aquarium were devastated, just like millions of fans all over the world when the news was released. He will be cremated but where will be the place were his ashes will be buried has not been confirmed yet.
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