The Department for Culture, Media and Sports issued a series of tweets advising the public on how to play poohsticks safely on Thursday, but deleted them just seconds later.
Poohsticks is a game in which each player throws a stick over the side of a bridge into the water below, with the winner being whoever's stick emerges first from under the bridge.
But now DCMS says those taking part in such games ought to be very careful indeed.
The official advice was issued on Thursday afternoon but was swiftly deleted from the DCMS main Twitter account.
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport have deleted these official Poohsticks guidelines. Poohsticksgate begins pic.twitter.com/dfGdrjdf3u— Ned Donovan (@Ned_Donovan) August 27, 2015
We are waiting official word from the Department on what the official advice is regarding poohsticks -- but it has since apologised for sending the tweets. "We didn't mean for it to be posted," the Department wrote.
Silly mistake on our part on the #PoohSticks tweet - we didn't mean for it to be posted. Apologies all.— DCMS (@DCMS) August 27, 2015
Meanwhile on Twitter, confusion reigns.
@DCMS Please help, I have been injured due to unclear poohsticks instructions— James Cook (@JamesLiamCook) August 27, 2015
@DCMS Can you please clarify what I should do with the poo once i've got it on the stick?— Ryan Barrell (@RyanBarrell) August 27, 2015