Image: Mark Burgess - The Poohsticks Handbook
Winnie the Pooh Day
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Today's Musings, History & Folklore
Winnie the Pooh, A. A. Milne's famous creation (whose birthday is now celebrated as Winnie the Pooh Day), first appeared in October 1926, together with friends Piglet, Tigger and Eeyore. All of them were based on toys owned by the author’s son, who also featured in the famous stories as Christopher Robin.
Pooh Corner in Hartfield, East Sussex, where the books were written, attracts visitors who can pick up a map to follow in the characters’ footsteps, and even play a game of "Poohsticks" on the original bridge, mentioned in "The House of Pooh Corner."
Poohsticks can be played on any bridge over running water. Each player drops a stick on the upstream side of a bridge and the one whose stick first appears on the downstream side is the winner. The annual World Poohsticks Championships have been held at Day's Lock on the River Thames in the UK since 1984.
For a complete description of the rules and regulations, click the original illustration of Christopher Robin and Pooh playing Poohsticks!