Paul the Octopus was a worldwide phenomenon during the 2010 World Cup, but really, there was a good chance his legacy would fade over time. That, however, is no longer a potential problem, as The Sea Life Aquarium in Oberhausen, Germany, has erected a monument in Paul’s honor.
In case you don’t pay attention to the leisure activities of German octopi, or in case you just forgot, Paul correctly “predicted” all seven of Germany’s World Cup matches by swimming toward one country’s flag. He even foresaw Spain topping the Netherlands in the final.
As The Associated Press reports, the memorial stands 6 1/2 feet high, with Paul perched atop a soccer ball that bears the flags of several nations.
Taking this thing to the next (and even creepier level), Paul’s ashes (because obviously this octopus was cremated) rest inside the soccer ball.
Meanwhile, we here in Boston are still waiting for a statue of Bill Russell to be built.
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Paul was magical, but does he deserve his own monument? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.
Quote of the day
“How do you prepare to tackle a guy who’s as big as a polar bear?”
–Jets lineman Trevor Pryce, on the preparations for facing Ben Roethlisberger
Comment of the day
Somebody called Joe Thornton a bum on Thursday, and someone named “joe1010” came rushing to Jumbo Joe’s defense. We can only assume it was the real Joe Thornton coming to defend his name. That’s the only logical thing to do.
“you are a joke.”
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Hey, if you look out your window and you see snow, just stay inside — or else you could end up like these folks.
By the way, you have to love the guy at the 25-second mark, just bailing from his car like he’s in an action movie. Way to go, Bruce Willis! Also, a special thanks goes out to the cameraman, who decided to film these people’s most miserable moments rather than try to warn people ahead of time.