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Larry King Live Exclusive: Octopus Paul

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Larry King Live Exclusive: Octopus Paul

As the world held its collective breath, the world's most famous octopus hesitated, then plucked a mussel from a box marked with the Spanish flag, ensuring that Spain would, later that day, win the World Cup soccer tournament.

The oracle, humbly known as Paul, who lives in Oberhausen, Germany, had successfully picked the winners of each of Germany's World Cup matches, and was aiming to extend his prognostic prowess to the Spain-Netherlands final.

And so it came to pass. In the 116th minute of the match, as if touched by the tentacle of God, Spanish midfielder Andres Iniesta slotted home a shot that lifted his team over the Netherlands and brought the World Cup to Spain for the first time.

The night before the final, Larry King had an exclusive interview.

Roberto De Vido is a communications consultant, writer, cartoonist and jack of many trades. The former chief of Tucson Sentinel’s East Asia Bureau, he now lives in California (make of that what you will).

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