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Spanish buyers for octopus Paul

Spanish businessmen have offered 30,000 euros (about $38,000) to buy the world-famous psychic octopus Paul for use as a mascot at a gastronomic event, media reports said.

sports Updated: Jul 11, 2010 02:19 IST

Spanish businessmen have offered 30,000 euros (about $38,000) to buy the world-famous psychic octopus Paul for use as a mascot at a gastronomic event, media reports said on Saturday.

The annual August festival focuses on squid specialities and takes place in the small village of Carballino, near Orense in northwestern Spain. The idea of bringing in Paul came from Mayor Carlos Montes, who hopes to attract visitors.

A resident of Sea Life aquarium in Oberhausen, Germany, Paul has achieved renown for successfully predicting matches at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Businesses in Carballino, which has 14,000 inhabitants, pooled 30,000 euros for Paul.

“We don't want to eat Paul,” said Manuel Pazo, who runs a fishing business in the village.

The locals would like the octopus to continue predicting football matches. Should the Oberhausen aquarium decline to sell Paul, the businessmen hope to obtain him on loan for the festival on August 8.

Spain shirt hits a high, goes into space

Madrid: A Spanish national team shirt was attached to a balloon and launched 33 km up into the atmosphere to celebrate their first qualification for a World Cup final. The Spanish company Zero 2 Infinity honoured the achievement at the 14th European Balloon Festival in the Spanish town of Igualada.

“It wasn't planned (to send a shirt) at first, but after the victory over Germany we had space for a bit more weight on our test flight and I thought it would be appropriate,” founder and CEO of the company Jose Mariano Lopez Urdiales said. “We want to elevate people literally and emotionally.”