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Oracle octopus Paul to retire from soccer prediction

After predicting the Spanish national team's win in the World Cup, Germany psychic octopus Paul has become a world star among animals with his remarkable ability to tell the outcome of soccer matches. Now that the World Cup has ended, Paul the prognosticator will also retire from football forecasting.

Recently, Paul's aquarium in Oberhausen has received many fan emails and letters asking questions like, "Did my husband lie to me?" "Can I pass the math test?" "How long will Merkel's ruling coalition hold on?" and so on. They all wish to get the correct answers from genius Paul.

However, a spokesman for Paul's aquarium in Oberhausen said that Paul won't give any more oracle predictions – in football or in politics, lifestyle or economy. Instead, he will get back to his former job, namely making children laugh.

Actually, if there were no World Cup predictions, Paul would still be one of the most popular stars of Oberhausen. But since the South African World Cup, Oberhausen has become known to more people.

To commemorate his amazing achievement, the brilliant octopus Paul was presented with a golden cup honoring his prognosticating prowess and also got better food like Alaska salmon and crab in addition to shellfish.

By People's Daily Online

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章鱼保罗退休不再预测 水族馆改善伙食犒劳功勋

随着西班牙队击败荷兰队捧起大力神杯,德国神奇章鱼保罗也因8场比赛全部猜中而成为本届世界杯最知名的动物明星。世界杯的大幕已经徐徐落下,“预言家”章鱼也要光荣退休了。

保罗因准确预言比赛结果而名声大噪后,德国奥博豪森水族馆连日来收到大量保罗迷们发来的电子邮件和信函。“我丈夫是不是在骗我?”,“我今年数学考试会不会不及格?”,“默克尔的执政联盟还能坚持多久?”大家都希望保罗动用神力为他们指点迷津。

不过,奥博豪森水族馆12日表示,世界杯后,保罗将重归平静的生活并专心于本职工作:逗孩子们开心。

其实,即便没有世界杯竞猜,聪明的保罗也一直是奥博豪森水族馆的明星动物之一。但南非世界杯让保罗声名远扬,来自各地的观众纷纷涌向奥博豪森,只为一睹保罗真容。水族馆几乎没花一分钱就打出了最好的广告。为了表示对这只章鱼的感谢,水族馆决定改善保罗的伙食,除贝类外,偶尔也增加阿拉斯加鲑鱼和蟹肉。