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What is it? Game 77

Hooray! It's time for our collaboration with the What is it? blog - can you guess what this strange "bucket" is for?

First correct guess will win a free Neatorama T-shirt. If no one gets it right, then the funniest guess will win. Please enter your guess in the comment section - one guess per comment, please, but you can enter as many as you can think of. Please post no URL - let others play.

For more clues, including an intriguing photo of some small notches at the bottom, please visit the What is it? blog (please note the new website address for the What is it? blog). Good luck!

Update 10/10/08 - The answer is:

A bee hive or bee gum, the two notches are doors and the rods in the center are for support. From this site:

Honey was not the only reward for cutting a bee tree. The hunter could also claim the bees. They were kept in home-made structures called gums, made by cutting 3-4 foot sections from hollow sweet-gum logs (or some other type of wood), burning the interior until the surface was slick, cutting one or two small inverted V’s in the bottom as passageways for the bees, and covering the slanted top with a rough plank roof. A cross piece was nailed in the middle for the bees to fasten their comb to.

Congrats to breezy who guessed it right!

its a container for fermenting something like meade in. The top part keeps the expanding gases from opening the top. it could also be for beer, lye or anything like that.
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It's an old-school port-a-potty. The top swivels up like a toilet lid, you crap inside and put the lid back down. You get a bunch of those when you have a hoe-down so there isn't a line at the outhouse. And when it fills up you just toss it back into the woods and let nature take care of it.
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Demons. This bucket is from the 1600's and is made of hazelwood. At the time a miscariage was blamed on evil demons and so to coax the demon out of the womb the bucket was 'baited' with 'birthing blood' and place in the room with the victim. At dawn the bucket was covered and barred before the second crowing of the cock.

Of course, this was all superstition and reflected the barbarity and ignorance of aur forefathers, but I wouldn't open it just the same.
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It's a bucket to collect maple sap in. The bars inside are to catch leaves and sticks that may fall in. The notches on the bottom are to sit on two nails hammered into the tree.
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It's a table for cutting the heads off chickens.

Put their neck under the lever to hold 'em down, chop em off, and let the head fall in the bucket.

Kinda gross if you ask me...
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