Paul became famous by predictin the outcomes of football matches in Euro 2008 and World Cup 2010 in South Africa. After he correctly predicted all matches he was asked to predict for the World Cup 2010, including the Netherlands vs Spain finals he still wasn’t free from prison he lived in, the aquarium. Aquarium probably made good money on bets but Paul did not earn his freedom from them obviusly.
Let’s see what the aquarium staff says:
“Management and staff at the Oberhausen Sea Life Centre were devastated to discover that oracle octopus Paul, who achieved global renown during the recent World Cup, had passed away overnight,” the aquarium said in a sombre statement. – Of course, they are sad, now they can not bet any more on the winner.
“We may decide to give Paul his own small burial plot within our grounds and erect a modest permanent shrine,” said Porwoll. – sure, but you had to decide to give him freedom way before… oh I know, then the whole world shoud change so it’s impossible… well it’s surely not impossible for the world to change, it must start at some point.
“While this may seem a curious thing to do for a sea creature, Paul achieved such popularity during his short life that it may be deemed the most appropriate course of action.” – short life, that’s the main word… he would live som much longer and happier in the natural habitat, or, he would die in natural habitat, but die as a free being, not in prison.
Personaly I think that Paul was so happy with his popularity that he didn’t even notice it. I think he realy didn’t care about outcome of any match. It’s only a stupid story about how his life in prison was worth it, it wasn’t.