RIP Paul the Psychic Octopus

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Gut Check followed this year's World Cup with unusual fervor, including our "World Cuppage" reports from venues around town, so indulge us as we pay our respects to one of our favorite characters from this year's competition. Paul the Psychic Octopus, who correctly predicted eight out of eight World Cup results, has died of natural causes. He was not quite three years old.

Here is video of his final pick and the media hoopla surrounding it:



Now, Gut Check is a big fan of octopus as a food -- in fact, an octopus dish was my #1 dish of 2009 -- but we will put aside our carnivorous instincts and report with happiness that Paul's aquarium plans to bury him on site and perhaps erect a shrine. This is only fitting, given how many of us Paul touched, eight times each.

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