Rest well, Paul, you’ve earned it

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Paul, the octopus who became a pop culture sensation by correctly predicting the outcome of as many World Cup matches as he has legs — all seven of Germany's games plus the Spain-Netherlands final — is going to retire.

The intuitive invertebrate will "step back from the official oracle business," Tanja Munzig, a spokeswoman for the Sea Life aquarium in Oberhausen, told AP Television News.

"He won't give any more oracle predictions — either in football, nor in politics, lifestyle or economy," she said. "Paul will get back to his former job, namely making children laugh."

Funny, there wasn't too much laughter from the Germans when Paul called for Spain in the semis.... Still, how often to we get to have an argument about whether a celphalopod is “psychic” or “precognitive”? http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100712/ap_on_re_eu/eu_germany_octopus_oracle