Paul the Octopus, the psychic sea creature who captivated the world with his flawless streak of 2010 World Cup predictions, died Monday night.
Paul made a name for himself during the World Cup in South Africa as he correctly predicted match winners by choosing a muscle from two boxes corresponding to the opposing nations. He became so popular that he even drew the ire of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who labeled Paul a symbol of "Western propaganda and superstition."
Staff at the Oberhausen Sea Life Centre in Germany are still deciding how to properly commemorate Paul's life. "We may decide to give Paul his own small burial plot within our grounds and erect a modest permanent shrine," Stefan Porwoll, the facility manager, told The Daily Nation of Kenya.
To the dismay of Paul's competitor, Mani the Parakeet, psychic sports animal enthusiasts are already searching for Paul's successor.
After presumably organizing a (fake) ceremony involving eight vuvuzelas -- one for each of his arms -- to celebrate Paul's honor, the Surge Desk turns to Twitter to commemorate the life of an oracle octopus:
I wonder if Paul the Psychic Octopus knew he was going to die.
Paul the psychic octopus has died. Bet he didn't see that coming.
LATEST: Paul the Psychic Octopus was buried today in a private ceremony. There was a short reading followed by the 2014 World Cup results.
RIP, Paul the Psychic Octopus. In your memory, I shall avoid sushi for at least a day.
Also: RIP to the freaky psychic octopus. You will be... sushi.
Paul the psychic octopus is dead. Good. That means he can no longer screw the Dutch over. #wc2010
How many gamblers are weeping over their beer because that Psychic Octopus is gone?
I think the death of Paul The Psychic Octopus was a conspiracy and he was murdered!
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