Hundreds fight in the US over the name ‘Josh’

A fight over the name Josh drew a crowd of hundreds from around the USA to a Nebraska park on Saturday for a heated pool-noodle brawl. It all started a year ago when pandemic boredom set in, and Josh Swain, a 22-year-old college student from Tucson, Arizona, messaged others who shared his name on social media and challenged them to a duel.

After he posted screenshots of his Facebook message to Twitter, the invitation to the ultimate Joshing championship went viral. What followed was a fight of hundreds who showed up at Air Park in Lincoln – a location was chosen at random – to participate in the silliness. The festivities started with a “gruelling and righteous battle of Rock, Paper, Scissors” between a Josh Swain from Arizona and another Josh Swain from Omaha. KLKN-TV reports that the Arizona student won that competition, allowing him to claim the title of the true Josh Swain. The pool-noodle competition that followed was open to anyone with the first name of Josh.

The victor of that competition was a 5-year-old, who was coronated with a Burger King crown and a bedazzling belt. The event also raised money for the Children’s Hospital & Medical Center Foundation of Nebraska, and many attendees brought food and supplies for local food banks, according to the Journal Star.