Paul the predicting octopus dies

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff  October 26, 2010 08:11 AM

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Paul made his picks by lifting the lid of a box. Each contained a mussel and a flag of a soccer team. (Volker Hartmann/Associated Press)

You've got to think he knew this was coming. Paul, the octopus who made headlines during the World Cup for his ability to predict the result of games, has died.

Paul was retired from predicting games after the final, which, by the way, he nailed by picking Spain. He started just picking Germany matches, and he got all seven right. He was housed in an aquarium in Germany, and died of natural causes, according to The Associated Press.

The story naturally resulted in a wave of copycats. Even my pal Matt Humphrey at the Orlando Sentinel got in on the act, enlisting his pet beagle for a weekly blog post about Monday Night Football. However, Buddy the Beagle isn't very good. After blowing it last week by picking the Jaguars, Buddy also misfired last night. Watch below.

 

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