Germany to unveil shrine to honor Paul the psychic octopusby Cherlyn Gardner Strong on Jan. 18, 2011, under Psychic Phenomena
Paul the Octopus was hailed as a psychic by those who loved him. Some objected to his oracle status, preferring to call him a a lucky guesser His predictions astounded many during his short lifespan of less than three years. Paul gained worldwide fame (and nearly 100,000 Facebook fans) by correctly picking the winners of seven Germany matches, as well Spain’s win over the Netherlands in last summer’s World Cup tournament in South Africa. His prediction of Spain’s win over the Netherlands resulted in numerous death threats, mostly seeking to grill and eat him.
Paul was ultimately left unharmed by angry World Cup fans. The psychic octopus passed away due to natural causes in October of last year. He lived out his final days in his tank at the Sea Life Centre in Oberhausen, Germany.
His aquarium first honored his passing by replacing him with a French-born replacement, Paul II, who has yet to be tested for psychic abilities. Now, they have announced the unveiling of Paul’s Corner, which will feature a statue 1.8m high of Paul sitting atop a soccer ball. In the middle will be a see-through window that will contain a golden urn containing Paul’s ashes,
The shrine will be unveiled later this week.