Sunday, August 21, 2011

Happy Birthday, Winne-the-Pooh!

Today is Winnie-the-Pooh’s Birthday!

You may not be aware of the controversy surrounding this date, but fans of the "bear of very little brain" can get themselves worked up into heated arguments over the validity of this observance.

We believe that August 21 is the correct date, having been persuaded by the facts presented by Topher Ellis, webmaster of “Christopher Robin's Winnie the Pooh Character Guide and FAQ,” who has the definitive word, which we quote:

“You will often see Winnie-the-Pooh's birthdate listed as October 14, 1926 -- the date of the first printing of the book Winnie-the-Pooh. Using October 14, 1926 as Pooh's birthdate is entirely unjustified. It is a fact (as presented in the book House at Pooh Corner) that Winnie-the-Pooh is one year younger than Christopher Robin. It is a fact that Pooh was given to Christopher Robin Milne on August 21, 1921 on the occasion of Christopher Robin Milne's first birthday. It is a fact that Christopher Robin's birthday is August 21, 1920. Therefore it follows that Winnie-the-Pooh's real birthday is August 21, 1921.”

Happy 90th birthday, Winnie-the-Pooh!

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