Mac & Mike's Pick: Goodbye Paul

By WEEK Producer

October 26, 2010 Updated Oct 26, 2010 at 10:43 PM CDT

Crowds lined up on Tuesday to sign a book of condolence after learning "Paul" had died.

That's right, Paul the Octopus has died.

Paul, who correctly predicted World Football matches, was a folk hero to many, a potential entree to a few.

Lewis Vaughn Jones of ITN News covers Paul's life and untimely end.

"So his eight legs are now six feet under," said Jones. "As octopuses go, he was impressive. As far as football pundits go, he was remarkable. But today (Tuesday), the pool that he called home is empty. A spokesperson for the aquarium said, 'We're all deeply shocked at the death of octopus Paul, who managed to bring enthusiasm to all of the world. He died a natural death, and he died too early for us all.'

He correctly predicted all of Germany's games, and then picked Spain to win the World Cup. They loved him, the world loved him, but not the Dutch. ("It's gonna be calamari tonight.")

I don't know why this fan is smiling, he's about to sign a book of condolence. There will be a memorial, too, and a documentary, Christmas toys, and even rumors he would have recorded an album of Elvis songs. But for now, Paul the Octopus has left the aquarium," reported Jones.

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