"Then he dropped two in at once, and leant over the bridge to see which of them would come out first; and one of them did; but as they were both thesame size, he didn't know if it was the one which he wanted to win, or the other one. So the next time he dropped one big one and one little one, and the big one came out first, which was what hehad said it would do, and thelittle one came out last, which was what he had said it would do, so he had won twice. And that was the beginning of the game called Poohsticks." - A. A. Milne, The House at Pooh Corner, ch.6.
In the traditional version of Pooh Sticks, the participants each must drop a stick simultaneously on the upstream side of a bridge and run to the other side to see whose stick first appears on the other side of the bridge, and is the winner.
There is a Pooh Sticks Championship held every year in March at Day's Lock on the River Thames, England.
Originally posted Jul 22, 2012