It is time to get your paddling buddies together and come out to the World Pooh Sticks Championships taking place in Days Lock, Little Wittenham, Oxfordshire. This year it is taking place on March 18th, 2007. All the proceeds from the event are going to support Royal National Lifeboat Institution.
For those who are unaware of the fine game of Pooh Sticks but still want to look knowledgeable when talking to your friends at work. Basically, two people throw their sticks off the upstream side of a bridge, the first stick that comes out the other side wins. It is that easy.
You still have time to get your teams together and practice. According to the enchanted 100 acre woods, you only need to do four things to get a game going:
1. Find a Friend (The more friends-the more fun).
2. Find a Bridge over a stream (To find a bridge you may need a map)
3. Find some Sticks (You must do this before you arrive at the bridge).
4. Find a supply of Food. (Ask everyone to bring some along).
Apparently the world championships have received players from places as far away from Czech Republic and Japan. Nobody really knows if they just happened to be walking past and decided to sign-up but a team travelled from Latvia especially to compete in 2006. Who knew it was that serious?
Shhh, don' tell your competitors... A member of the team from the Czech Republic which won the team event in 2004 explained the winning technique to Jonathan Hancock in an interview on BBC Radio: he looked to see which part of the river was fastest, and threw the stick in there. - Words to live by...
Following the theme of kids-games-that-got-to-serious, it seems that rock/paper/scissors was used recently in a Federal court case to end a dispute.