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Hundreds Gather in Nebraska to Battle Over the Name Josh

#JoshFight happened Saturday in Lincoln
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 25, 2021 4:30 PM CDT

(Newser) – A fight over the name of Josh drew a crowd from around the country to a Nebraska park 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. "We fight, whoever wins gets to keep the name, everyone else has to change their name. You have a year to prepare, good luck," Swain wrote. ESPN reports he wasn't serious about fighting, but the messages went viral, and a year later #JoshFight became a reality. Hundreds showed up at Air Park in Lincoln—random coordinates were picked, which is how they ended up in Lincoln, Nebraska, reports the Journal Star—to participate in the silliness.

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The festivities started with a "grueling and righteous battle of Rock, Paper, Scissors" between the Josh Swain from Arizona and another Josh Swain from Omaha, reports the AP. 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 4-year-old, who was coronated with a Burger King crown. Swain, the organizer, said he is a little surprised about how the whole thing blew up: "I did not expect people to be as adamant about this as they are right now." And there was a pretty nice side-story too: Those who came donated at least 200 pounds of food to the Food Bank of Lincoln and $8,000 to the Children’s Hospital and Medical Center Foundation in Omaha.

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