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Goodbye Pulpo Paul: a tribute to our favorite psychic octopus

"How far that little candle throws its beams. So shines a good Octopus in a naughty world."
- The Merchant of Venice, Octopus Edition

Before commenting seriously on the news, I want to take a moment for Paul the Octopus, the psychic cephalopod who correctly predicted the outcome of eight World Cup soccer matches, including the final. It is highly possible that none of us -- not you, not myself, not Christine O'Donnell -- will ever bring so much concentrated joy to people -- or inspire so many angry recipes -- as this octopus did. So as we head into some of the more divisive weeks of the year, let's come together and celebrate someone who touched all of us with his tentacles, but opted not to release a paralyzing toxin into our bloodstream.

Octopus in the Wind*

Goodbye Pulpo Paul
Though I never knew you at all
You had the jets to propel yourself
While those around you crawled

They crawled into the Sea Life Centre
And gave you mussels to choose
They let you pick the winners
And ignore the ones who'd lose

And it seems to me you lived your life
Like a cephalopod in the wind
Always knowing which to cling to
'Ere the games'd begin
And I would have liked to have known you
But the lifespan of the common octopus is only 3 years
Your ink cloud disappeared before
Your legend ever did.

Prescience was tough
The toughest role you had to play
Haters with recipes
Could ruin your whole day
And even when you died
Some people mocked your psychic stare
"Guess he didn't see it coming,"
Was all that Twitter had to share.

And it seems to me you lived your life
Like a cephalopod in the wind
Always knowing which to cling to
'Ere the games'd begin
And I would have liked to have known you
But the lifespan of the common octopus is only 3 years and tickets to Germany are out of my price range at the present time
Your ink cloud disappeared before
Your legend ever did.

Goodbye Pulpo Paul
Though I never knew you at all
Goodbye Pulpo Paul
More fun to watch than Knocked Up was
You left a legacy far greater
Than the average octopus.
Goodbye Pulpo Paul.

Enjoy the Octopus's Garden in the sky.

I'm going to go cry into my Pulpo a la Gallega now.

*With apologies to Elton John!

By Alexandra Petri  | October 26, 2010; 10:59 AM ET
Tags:  Pulpo Paul, RIP  
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Comments

OMG, please someone do a video with elton's music, these lyrics and Pulpo Paul's images...

Posted by: chasky | October 26, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Ms. Magna Cum Petri,

For those of us who didn't go to Harvard ... Pulpo a la Gallega is octopus Soylent Green. And for those of us who dropped out of East Lane Community College, Soylent Green is PEOPLE! It's PEOPLE!

Based on what you cry into, you TRULY have no taste! You managed to insult the (spineless) handicapped, dead mistresses, John Kennedy, people named Norma, dead psychotic princesses, dead alcoholic limo drivers, and Spanish chefs ... all in one column!

I mean no respect to dead alcoholic former senators from Wisconsin when I ask ... Have you no decency?

Posted by: divtune | October 26, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

I enjoyed this immensely, Thank you.

Posted by: Falmouth1 | October 27, 2010 6:20 AM | Report abuse

The mystery of why Pulpo died has been solved. My OCD, obsessive click disorder, has paid off with this gem:

"Both the male and female octopuses die soon after mating. The male dies a few months afterwards, while female dies shortly after the eggs hatch."

http://animals.howstuffworks.com/marine-life/octopus5.htm

Pulpo didn't die naturally! He just got laid to rest, because he just got laid.

And to add injury to insult, the male octopus mates by removing his ..er.. manhood and giving it to the female. (No s-it! Read the article.)

Man up Harry Reid!

Posted by: divtune | October 27, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

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