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YOGENDRA KALAVALAPALLI
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This World Cup has found a new star. Someone who has messed with Messi and closed the doors on Klose's face sitting pretty in a glassed enclosure away from the bustling football stadiums of South Africa.

Paul, the oracle octopus has emerged a hero (or a villain, depending on which side you are) accurately predicting (almost) the outcomes of different matches Germany has played. Though the celebrity octopus carried itself with aplomb, it triggered fierce debates on social networking forums.

While it was the Argentinean fans who first cried for Paul's blood, soon it was the turn of Germans to suggest the octopus be “fried, barbecued or turned into a seafood salad or paella.” The month-long extravaganza shall come to an end this Sunday, but credit should go to an innocent, hungry mollusc for making this World Cup all the more memorable. Thank you, Paul.

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