Random Fact: Winnie The Pooh

AA Milne, creator of Winnie the Pooh, was born on January 18, 1882, which is why that date is celebrated as National Winnie the Pooh Day.

The hyphens in the original name were dropped when Disney bought the rights to the characters.

The origins of the name go back to a bear bought by a Canadian soldier in the First World War, named Winnie after his hometown, Winnipeg. The soldier left Winnie with London Zoo where it was seen by Milne’s son Christopher Robin. Christopher Robin named his toy bear after it. “Pooh” was added as the name he gave to a swan.

The Hundred Acre Wood in the Pooh books is strongly based on Ashdown Forest in Sussex.

The 2016 World Pooh Sticks championship was won by Charlie Roman, seven, of Stonesfield.

The original Pooh animals can be seen in New York Public Library, except for Roo, who was lost around 1930.