There is a relativistic paradox I was introduced by a friend in Ithaca (Courtenay Footman). It involves a vehicle travelling over a ravine relativistically, so it's in the general family of ladder paradoxes. There are many ways to phrase it, but here's a simple one.
A three-car train with each car of length $L$ is travelling over a bridge across a ravine. (Assume that the couplings between cars are stiff: this train does not bend.) Unfortunately, some evil genius has precisely removed a length $6L$ of the track. The train however is relativistic, travelling at a speed such that $\gamma \approx 12$.
In the reference frame of the ground, the train should appear to be 1/24th the size of the gap, which suggests that it will fall a little and should crash into the bridge opposite. But in the reference frame of the train, each car of the train is at least twice as long as the gap and aside from the very front wheel and the very back wheel, which need to be supported by rigidity, everything is constantly well-supported. This suggests that the train makes it. Who is right?
I vaguely remember that as an undergraduate knowing only a little relativity, I trusted the train's perspective because it's at rest in that perspective, and Courtenay said that this was ultimately correct after a lot of details got resolved. But I do not remember all of these details such that I could work it out for myself. So I'm looking for some discussion that's a little more well-sourced or authoritative.
What is this paradox called, and what literature has addressed the issue?