Farewell to arms

I first mentioned Paul earlier here.  For some reason, perhaps calamari-related, I am reminded of the famous pig joke:   A salesman is lost and stops at a farm to get directions. As he is talking to the farmer he notices a pig with a wooden leg. "How did the pig get a wooden leg?", he asks the farmer.

"Well", says the farmer, "that is a very special pig. One night not too long ago we had a fire start in the barn. That pig set up a great squealing that woke everyone, and by the time we got there he had herded all the other animals out of the barn and saved everyone of them."

"And that was when he hurt his leg?" asked the salesman.

"Oh no" says the farmer. "He was fine after that. Though a while later I was in the woods out back and a bear attacked me. That pig was near by, and he came running and set on that bear and chased him off. Saved me for sure."

"So the bear injured his leg then," says the salesman.

"Oh no. He came away without a scratch from that. Though a few days later my tractor turned over in a ditch, and I was knocked unconscious. Well, that pig dove into the ditch and pulled me out before I drowned."

"So he hurt his leg then?" asks the salesman.

"Oh no," says the farmer.

"So how did he get the wooden leg?" the salesman asks.

"Well", the farmer tells him, "When you have a pig like that, you don't want to eat him all at once."

Paul the Psychic Octopus Dies in Germany
Paul the prophetic World Cup octopus died peacefully of natural causes at the Oberhausen Sea Life Center in Germany last night, his keepers announced this morning. He was two, which is old for an octopus. Paul shot to fame during the World Cup for successfully predicting the outcome of eight games (there was a 1-in-256 chance he would guess them all correctly) by choosing between two mollusks marked with national flags. Ignoring suggestions that he should be reincarnated as calamari, Oberhausen Sea Life officials plan to honor Paul by burying him on aquarium grounds and erecting a "modest permanent shrine" to his psychic abilities. 


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