Scientist reveals formula for the perfect Poohstick, alters childhoods forever
LONDON – Anyone who’s ever read a Winnie-the-Pooh book or watched the cartoons will know what a childhood-improvingly great game Poohsticks is.
And if you do remember Poohsticks, you’ll probably also remember the standard debate (or heated argument, depending on how passionate you were about finer points of the game) that concerned whether winning was a matter of skill or judgement.
It all seems so simple at first – find a small bridge over a stream; grab a couple of sticks; drop them into the water and see which one gets to the other side the quickest – but the truth is it’s a deeply complicated sport in which the speed of the water, the shape of the bridge and – of course – the density of your stick play equally crucial factors. Read more…
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