On September 21 it was reported that Rūdolfa iela (Rudolf Street) in the normally placid Grīziņkalns suburb had, suddenly and without warning, swallowed up a large truck, complete with dumpster and contents therein.
Spectacular photographs confirmed the allegation, clearly showing the unlovely but apparently delicious vehicle semi-submerged in the asphalt and doing a good impression of a small fly attempting to escape the web of some ravenous subterranean spider haunting the caverns deep beneath the metropolis -- an explanation that may not be near the top of municipal engineers' list but is probably worth considering given the frequency with which first cars and now large commercial vehicles are being sucked down to the infernal regions.
Alternatively, perhaps there is some undeclared relationship or rivalry between the aforementioned Gertrude and Rudolf of which we are unaware? Could they perhaps be attempting to out-eat each other as part of a lunchtime buffet deal? Could other Rīga streets with names reminiscent of Hans Christian Andersen tales start getting in on the act? Only time will tell.