Tentacled tipster Paul the Octopus gets memorial
Paul the celebrated octopus has finally got his tentacles
wrapped around a football.
The Sea Life aquarium in Oberhausen on Thursday unveiled a
memorial to the World Cup’s most unlikely star: A 2-meter (6
1/2-foot) tall plastic replica of Paul clutching a ball in his
Aquarium spokeswoman Tanja Munzig said Paul’s cremated ashes
were placed in a gold-leaf-covered urn inside the ball. Paul died
three months ago.
”We acted upon the wishes of fans and created a place of
remembrance,” Munzig told The Associated Press. ”This monument
was also built to show visitors just how much people around the
world loved Paul.”
Paul correctly tipped the outcome of all seven of Germany’s
games at last year’s World Cup, plus the Spain-Netherlands final.
He made his predictions by opening the lid of one of two boxes,
each containing a mussel and bearing a team flag.
The oversized football that the immortalized Paul sits on is
covered with different national flags and also has a small window
through which visitors can look at the urn.
In addition, the aquarium created ”Paul Corner,” which
includes newspaper clippings in many different languages that tell
of Paul’s global fame and exhibits gifts sent to the museum.
A family in Spain sent a glass of mussels in oil as a reward for
Paul after he correctly predicted that Spain would win the World
Cup, Munzig said. A fan from New Zealand tailored a red, sleeveless
football shirt for Paul – with a hole for each tentacle.
As for Paul’s successor, a six-month old octopus brought from
France and also named Paul, Munzig said it still isn’t clear
whether he will also try his tentacles at forecasting.
”We’re not pushing him into being an oracle against his will,
that’s for sure,” Munzig said. ”But if he is going to develop an
interest in football and forecasting, we’ll be very supportive of