Poohsticks Equation

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Afew people think that we are a little crazy here at Jammy Toast for donating so much time to looking after our otherwise homeless bears. However, we have come across someone who is much worse than us – in fact, if you stop and think about it, he is probably certifiable. A top engineer has devised a formula to aid budding players of Poohsticks – one of Jammy Toast’s favourite games which was first devised by Winnie the Pooh. The formula uses area, density and a drag coefficient to help competitors find the perfect twig. It was written by Dr Rhys Morgan, from the Royal Academy of Engineering, and is to accompany a new book called Poohstickopedia.

Furthermore, Visit England have also compiled a list of the top places around the country to play the classic Pooh game.

Competitors might be helped by the maths behind the formula devised by Dr Morgan. He concluded, PP = A x I x Cd where PP is Perfect Poohstick, A is cross sectional area, I is density of the stick and Cd is the drag coefficient.

The game was first devised by Winnie the Pooh in AA Milne’s book The House at Pooh Corner and involves dropping sticks from a bridge. Competitors then cross to the downstream side of the bridge and wait to see whose stick comes out first. Pooh Bear originally stumbled across the game when he dropped a pine cone in a stream in Hundred Acre Wood only for it to float away.

Sheepwash Bridge in Ashford-in-the-Water in the Derbyshire Peak District is at the top of the list of places where the formula can be tested. Pack Horse Bridge in Watendlath in the Lake District in Cumbria also sits on the Visit England list as does the National Trust house and gardens at Mottisfont, which dates from the 13th Century, and Mathematical Bridge in Cambridge also provides another spot to play.

In AA Milne’s book, The House at Pooh Corner, EH Shepard illustrated the chapter “In which Pooh invents a new game and Eeyore joins in”, based on Posingford Bridge near Milne’s home in Ashdown Forest, East Sussex. The bridge fell into disrepair but was restored and reopened by the author’s son Christopher Robin Milne in 1979.

Here at Jammy Toast we have not travelled so wide or as far for our games of Poohsticks but instead of played at Spital Dam and along the foot-bridges at Raby Mere Wildlife Park.

It’s all good fun!

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The Bearkeeper

A sad and lonely old man who used to have a life but it has now been taken over by his dedication to the cause of saving Renault Bears, running Jammy Toast and searching eBay, car boot sales, charity shops, lofts and even under beds for his beloved bears. He has even now taken in Flat Eric to save him from homelessness – his life is no longer his own!


12 Comments on “Poohsticks Equation”

  1. Ok the diet isn’t going well but I recycled the packaging from today’s McDonald’s and that is pretty organic ? when I’m not home I roam. However i’ve become one of those hippy mums who unless it’s organic or comes out of a breast it ain’t going near my child ?

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