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(ITV)   If you thought this year couldn't get any worse, they've had to cancel the World Pooh Sticks Championship due to bad weather   ( itv.com) divider line
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2013-03-22 11:42:08 AM  
2 votes:
Oh, bother!
2013-03-22 01:22:26 PM  
1 vote:

Notabunny: AverageAmericanGuy: So they drop sticks in a river on one side of a bridge, and the stick that makes it to the other side of the bridge first is the winner?

What the fark kind of stupid sport is this?

What? It never occurred to me that I might encounter someone who has never played Pooh Sticks.

or, apparently, a propensity for even basic reading.  or a childhood for that matter.
the name "AverageAmericanGuy" has never been more fitting.
2013-03-22 01:09:35 PM  
1 vote:
Seems appropriate

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2013-03-22 12:44:47 PM  
1 vote:
"However we've had so much rain over the last few weeks that the river is still too high and fast to have our safety boats on the river and there's no sign of the rain stopping this weekend."

Maybe there's other reasons they're worried about safety.

"Shortly after the flood...there appeared certain odd stories of things found floating in some of the swollen rivers; so that many of my friends embarked on curious discussions and appealed to me to shed what light I could on the subject. I felt flattered at having my folklore study taken so seriously, and did what I could to belittle the wild, vague tales which seemed so clearly an outgrowth of old rustic superstitions. It amused me to find several persons of education who insisted that some stratum of obscure, distorted fact might underlie the rumors.

...In each case country folk reported seeing one or more very bizarre and disturbing objects in the surging waters that poured down from the unfrequented hills, and there was a widespread tendency to connect these sights with a primitive, half-forgotten cycle of whispered legend which old people resurrected for the occasion.

What people thought they saw were organic shapes not quite like any they had ever seen before. Naturally, there were many human bodies washed along by the streams in that tragic period; but those who described these strange shapes felt quite sure that they were not human, despite some superficial resemblances in size and general outline....They were pinkish things about five feet long; with crustaceous bodies bearing vast pairs of dorsal fins or membranous wings and several sets of articulated limbs, and with a sort of convoluted ellipsoid, covered with multitudes of very short antennae, where a head would ordinarily be. It was really remarkable how closely the reports from different sources tended to coincide; though the wonder was lessened by the fact that the old legends, shared at one time throughout the hill country, furnished a morbidly vivid picture which might well have coloured the imaginations of all the witnesses concerned. It was my conclusion that such witnesses--in every case naive and simple backwoods folk--had glimpsed the battered and bloated bodies of human beings or farm animals in the whirling currents; and had allowed the half-remembered folklore to invest these pitiful objects with fantastic attributes."

--H. P. Lovecraft, "The Whisperer in Darkness"
2013-03-22 12:31:54 PM  
1 vote:

blatz514: The event, which was due to take place on Sunday, is based on the game Pooh Sticks in which each player throws a stick over the upstream side of a bridge into a stream or river, the winner being the person whose stick emerges first from under the bridge and has been running for 30 years.

Is it the stick or the bridge that has been running for 30 years?

The winner has been running for 30 years.
2013-03-22 12:12:21 PM  
1 vote:
Austin's Winnie the Pooh based festivities are considerably more fun.

Eeyore's Birthday Party.

It's a great big drunken orgy of Spring.


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