OK, seeing as you lot were so clever the last time, here’s another poser that’s been bugging me for a long time. There’s a turnoff we take, coming back from Bigtown. The ground on the corner is banked up – or perhaps the road is cut through – and sticking out of the bank is a big black pipe. Coming out of the pipe is a fairly steady stream of water. That’s not the mystery – the pipe obviously is some sort of a drainage system for the field above, and the water is the stuff that comes out of the sky on a fairly constant basis. No, the mystery is why someone thought it might be useful to place a bucket under the stream of water coming out of the pipe. It’s a big bucket, but then it’s a big pipe and besides, the bucket is always full. Sometimes – when it’s been raining hard – the stream of water overshoots the bucket, sometimes it merely overflows the bucket. Either way, if they’re planning on keeping that particular corner of the road dry, they’re going to need a bigger bucket.
So come on all you rural types and clever folk and explain it to me, poor befuddled Londoner that I am: what is the possible purpose of the bucket?