Jan 30, 2024 - News

Chicago rat hole is out. Richmond gun hole is in.

A tweet that says "What if we kissed at the Richmond gun hole" on a blue background.

Screenshot: @brockomole/X

Step aside, Chicago. Your rat hole has nothing on our gun hole.

What's happening: An imprint of what looks like a revolver on the sidewalk went viral this weekend after resident Brock Cass tweeted, "What if we kissed at the Richmond gun hole?"

  • The post on X, formerly Twitter, had 53,000 likes and nearly 2 million views as of Monday.

Why it matters: This is the most Richmond thing to happen since Rudolph was impaled by a traffic light during the 2010 Christmas Parade.

State of play: After the post on Friday, residents flocked to build a shrine around the Chicago rat hole's distant cousin — located on Addison St. across from Barrio.

  • By Saturday, the shrine became a slew of coins, Listerine strips and a Magnum condom.
  • Then it grew to include the bisexual flag, an empty bottle of testosterone, a D.C. metro card (?), a Taco Bell hot sauce packet, a 5-cent coin from Belize and acid reflux pills.
  • On Monday, the gun hole was filled with NYX lip gloss, a chopped-off Barbie doll head and a joint.

Between the lines: No one has gotten married or proposed to at the site like they did in Chicago, but there's still time.

What they're saying: Someone on X asked if the gun belonged to Rick Grimes, a character on "The Walking Dead" who uses a Colt Python.

  • Our Axios Chicago colleague Carrie Shepherd said, "That's like a Civil War-style gun! Why is it so long?!"

The bottom line: We don't know, but a neighbor told Style Weekly that the gun hole has been there for at least 20 years.

  • If you're the person who made the imprint, or know who did, please reach out. We want to know everything.

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