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Paul the octopus gets suspicious citizenship offer from Spain
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Paul the octopus gets suspicious citizenship offer from Spain

Published: 13 Jul 2010 14:32 GMT+02:00
Updated: 13 Jul 2010 14:32 GMT+02:00

Paul the prescient octopus who predicted Spain's World Cup victory will be declared an honorary citizen of a Spanish town whose main industry, ominously, is producing calamari.

The town in Galicia, an autonomous region in Spain’s northwest, is even asking to borrow Paul for a few days during a major food festival.

Carballiño, with a population of 14,000, insists it wants to thank “Pulpo Paul” for correctly predicting the Spain’s winning of the football World Cup this summer.

The decision to honour the world’s most extrasensory invertebrate, whose fame spread after he correctly predicted the results of a string of World Cup matches, was made unanimously by the city council, the Spanish media reported on Tuesday.

Mayor Carlos Montes plans to travel to Oberhausen, where Paul lives at the Sea Life Centre aquarium, to personally deliver the honour to the eight-legged oracle.

The award consists of a see-through box similar to those used to elicit Paul’s predictions, only with Carballiños’ coat-of-arms – though it was not clear whether this would be dropped in the tank or merely held up to the glass.

Pressing his luck somewhat, Montes also plans to ask the aquarium if he can borrow Paul for a few days to exhibit him in a tank at a Carballiño food festival on August 8. He vowed the octopus would be carefully transported and adequately housed.

“Germans need not fear, we don’t plan to eat Paul,” said Manuel Pazos, the owner of a fish factory in Carballiño. Pazos has already offered €30,000 to buy the oracle in order to attract tourism to the town. Now he is adding an extra €5,000 “for the goal by Andrés Iniesta in the final.”

Calamari is the traditional dish of Galicia. The best-known variety is pulpo á feira – cooked squid seasoned with red paprika and coarse salt, served with a good dash of olive oil.

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15:06 July 13, 2010 by Bushdiver
Both of you are probably bastards as well!
15:50 July 13, 2010 by Der Grenadier aus Aachen
They're welcome to turn him into the sushi, the traitorous little bugger.
16:00 July 13, 2010 by steve6400
They should take him to the coast and set him free where he can father millions of octopi, giving the locals a perpetual advantage in wagering on football.
19:09 July 13, 2010 by Heinrich der Zweite
Everybody knows Paul and what he means to millions of football fans. Make a trophy containing his ashes. I'm sure enough international football teams would be very keen to win it.
19:46 July 13, 2010 by mikecowler
Sell Paul to FC Barcelona for €70,000,000

Lets not forget he,s from Weymouth, England originally...
22:11 July 13, 2010 by JohnnesKönig
cut him up and make fish bait!
22:43 July 13, 2010 by ColoSlim
Sore losers. Stay put Paul!
07:58 July 14, 2010 by JAMessersmith
Paul the Octopus is not a psychic... he's a sage. He does not predict outcomes, he wills them to fruition. Therefore, he is completely at fault for what happened. Thanks for 3rd place you filthy little bottom-feeding cephalopod! Let those calamari loving Spaniards do as they will with him... or throw him to the dolphins at the other end of the aquarium. We would've trampled the Dutch if it wasn't for that slimy invertebrate.
19:19 July 14, 2010 by meredith1148
i dont know what to think of Paul but given the fact that he managed to "guess" just about every World Cup winner and got it right every time...well thats pretty amazing i must say. Im not sure i understand why the Germans feel betrayed by him either haha seeing as how Spain was obviously the better team and they deserved to win. Sore losers i guess but lets hope 2014 will be the year for Germany eh? Or maybe the U.S......i can hope cant i? :)
10:03 July 15, 2010 by Prufrock2010
Don't eat the messenger.
12:55 July 16, 2010 by Fatz Lewinski
@JAMessersmith

Can you eat Octopus with sage?
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