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Octopus Paul to retire from the oracle business

Octopus Paul, the prognosticating invertebrate who accurately predicted the outcomes of all of Germany's World Cup matches, is going to go back to his previous job of being a regular octopus.

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Octopus Paul swims in front of a mock soccer World Cup trophy in his tank at the Sea Life Aquarium in the German city of Oberhausen Monday. Paul, who correctly predicted the outcomes of all of Germany's World Cup games as well as Spain's victory in the final, will 'step back from the official oracle business,' says an aquarium official.

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No more World Cup, no more octopus oracle.

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.

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"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."

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