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Josh fight

Mock fight at Air Park in Lincoln, Nebraska on April 24, 2021

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Josh fight
Little Josh raising his belt
DateApril 24, 2021 (2021-04-24)
Time12:00 PM (CST (GMT -6))
LocationLincoln, Nebraska, United States
CoordinatesOriginal: 40°49′20″N 96°47′54″W / 40.8223286°N 96.7982002°W / 40.8223286; -96.7982002
Actual event: 40°51′31″N 96°47′03″W / 40.858689°N 96.784136°W / 40.858689; -96.784136
CauseInternet meme

The Josh Fight was a viral internet meme and mock fight at Air Park in Lincoln, Nebraska, on April 24, 2021. The event was originally conceived by a college student named Josh Swain from Tucson, Arizona on April 24, 2020.[1] It gained popularity after a screenshot of a Facebook Messenger group chat involving several users named Josh spread widely on the internet.[2] Swain encouraged participants to meet at a set of coordinates and compete for the right to use the name Josh. The event, though initially intended as a joke, drew a crowd of several hundred on the day of the event. Despite the title, there was no violence involved and the gathering was lighthearted.[3][4]

Background

On April 24, 2020, several Facebook Messenger users named Josh Swain were added to a group chat by Swain and started a conversation that read,

You're probably wondering why I've gathered you all here today[.]

Because we all share the same names....?

Precisely, 4/24/2021, 12: 00 PM, meet at these coordinates, (40°49′20″N 96°47′54″W / 40.8223286°N 96.7982002°W / 40.8223286; -96.7982002) 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 explained the idea for the event was conceived out of boredom from the COVID-19 lockdowns and out of frustration from being unable to receive an exclusive handle on social media due to the high frequency of people who shared his name, but did not expect the invitation to go viral. He picked Lincoln, Nebraska as a site for the event due to its central location within the United States. The specific coordinates were located on private property. The property owner 'did not agree to host such a ridiculous event',[3] and as such the fight was relocated to Air Park approximately 2.6 miles (4.2 km) away.[5]

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Event

On the chosen day, several hundred people, including many named Josh, congregated at Air Park.[4][6] Attendees came from as far as New York, Houston,[7] and Washington[8] with some dressed in superhero and Star Wars costumes,[9][1] and one even dressed up in a fursuit.[10] The gathering also included a fundraising element for Children's Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha, which raised over $8,000 USD,[3][11] and a food drive that collected over 200 pounds (90 kg) of food for a nearby food bank.[12][13]

Three 'fights' were held - one game of rock paper scissors for those named Josh Swain, a second with pool noodles for all attendees named Josh, and a third and final all-in battle for anyone in possession of a pool noodle willing to participate.[14] Only two Josh Swains were in attendance – Josh Swain, the event's creator, beat a rival Josh Swain from Omaha in the rock paper scissors event.[12] A local four-year-old boy named Josh Vinson Jr., dubbed 'Little Josh', who had been treated at Children's Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha for seizures when he was two years old, was declared the winner and crowned with a paper crown from Burger King as well as a replica AEW World Championship belt.[11][12][15]

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References

  1. ^ a b "Josh fight: Crowds show up in US park for pool noodle battle to win rightful ownership of their name". Sky News. Retrieved April 25, 2021.
  2. ^ Pellot, Emerald. "What is the Josh fight? Social media users are preparing for an epic battle". In The Know.
  3. ^ a b c Hammack, Zach (April 22, 2021). "Calling all Josh Swains: The battle for your name is taking place right here in Lincoln". Lincoln Journal Star. Retrieved April 24, 2021.
  4. ^ a b "Hundreds show up in Nebraska for fight over name Josh". Associated Press. April 24, 2021. Retrieved April 24, 2021.
  5. ^ Springman, Ashley (April 24, 2021). "VIDEO: Viral event 'Josh Fight' chooses Lincoln as its battleground". KLKN-TV. Retrieved April 25, 2021.
  6. ^ Raphael, Shannon. "Remember that Viral "Joshua Fight" Meme? It Actually Happened, and It Was Epic". Distractify. Retrieved April 25, 2021.
  7. ^ Griffith, Nicole (April 24, 2021). "Joshes get together to fight in Josh Fight 2021". KOLN (TV). Retrieved April 24, 2021.
  8. ^ D'Angelo, Bob. "4-year-old 'Little Josh' earns ultimate title in Nebraska's 'Josh Fight'". KIRO 7 News Seattle. Retrieved April 25, 2021.
  9. ^ Cohen, Kelly (April 25, 2021). "The #JoshFight is over, all hail 'Little Josh' and his pool noodle skills". ESPN.com. Retrieved April 25, 2021.
  10. ^ https://commons.m.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Josh_Fight_2021.jpg#mw-jump-to-license
  11. ^ a b Best, Paul (April 24, 2021). "Nebraska Josh fight: Horde of dudes named Josh fight for right to name". Fox News. Retrieved April 24, 2021.
  12. ^ a b c Seline, Libby (April 24, 2021). "'Little Josh' dubbed winner of the Battle of the Joshes; community also benefits from event". Lincoln Journal-Star. Retrieved April 25, 2021.
  13. ^ Evans, Greg (April 25, 2021). "4-year-old boy triumphs of hundreds of man with same name in first-ever 'Josh Fight'". www.indy100.com. Retrieved April 25, 2021.
  14. ^ Saxena, Akanksha. "Ultimate 'Josh' Fight: Hundreds of men named 'Josh' come to Nebraska to fight over their name". www.timesnownews.com. Retrieved April 25, 2021.
  15. ^ Nambiar, Prerna (April 25, 2021). "Who won the Josh fight? Here's what happened at the event!". HITC. Retrieved April 25, 2021.
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