Called the battle of the Joshes, it started out from pandemic boredom. At a loose end, Josh Swain, a college student from Tucson, Arizona, began to send messages on social media to others who shared his name, challenging them to a duel. Don’t you just hate those sort of people?
Instead of ignoring this bizarre and random message, many a Josh Swain rose to the challenge. A venue was selected, at random – it turned out to be Air Park in Nebraska – and several hundreds turned up to view the event.
Proceedings started with a game of Rock, Paper, Scissors between the Josh Swain from Arizona and another Josh Swain, from Nebraska, for the right to be the true Josh Swain. The winner was Josh Swain, the Arizona one.
Then the duelling started, open to anyone whose first name was Josh. The weapon of choice was a pool noodle, one of those cylindrical pieces of buoyant polyethylene foam. The winner of that competition was 4-year-old Josh Vinson from Lincoln, dubbed as “Little Josh” and he was duly crowned with a crown from Burger King.
After all that joshing the Joshes departed. The power of social media, eh?