Pooh may have been a bear of very little brain but he and Christopher Robin invented a game which has kept children – and adults – entranced ever since the storybook pair first dropped sticks off Pooh Bridge and raced to see which one the river brought out the other side first.
But Dr Rhys Morgan of the Royal Academy of Engineering says that it is a game of skill as well as luck. And according to Dr Morgan canny players will take heed of the equation above if they want their stick to emerge first.
His winning formula appears in a new book A Poohstickopedia written by Mark Evans and illustrated by Mark Burgess which sets out the rules – and more importantly the tactics – of this most British of summer pastimes.
Sales of the book, which was published earlier in the summer, have been given a boost by VisitEngland’s recent release of the top 12 Poohstick-friendly bridges in the UK.