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Paul The Octopus Finishes Historic World Cup Run (STUNNING PICTURES)

First Posted: 07/09/10 10:05 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 06:00 PM ET

UPDATE: PAUL THE OCTOPUS IS NOW EIGHT FOR EIGHT. AMAZING. The brilliant octopus finishes the World Cup with a perfect record, and as many correct picks as legs.

Paul, the remarkable oracle octopus whose knack for predicting the outcome of World Cup games has earned him worldwide fame as well as "revenge grilling" death threats, has outdone himself. The precious prognosticator made two final World Cup picks on Friday, putting his hard-earned credibility on the line in a bold gambit.

The generous genius predicted that Germany will conquer Uruguay in the tournament's third-place game on Saturday, and he picked Spain over the Netherlands in the final on Sunday -- the first non-German game the majestic mollusk has ever predicted.

Paul's prophetic picks have been unassailable during the World Cup. By choosing between two mouthwatering mussels, Paul indicates which team he knows will win. The soccer sage successfully forecasted all four of Germany's victories and both of the country's losses.

Scroll down for photos of the elegant Oracle from Oberhausen, as well as a video of him making his profound predictions.

UPDATE: PAUL IS RETIRING!

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Octopus oracle Paul chooses a mussel from a glass tanks marked with a German flag and an Uruguayan flag in the SeaLife Aquarium in Oberhausen, Germany, Friday, July 9, 2010. He was indicating a German victory in Saturday's fight for places three and four in the World Cup. (AP Photo/dapd, Roberto Pfeil)
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