Navy Photo by Photographer's Mate Third Class John DeCoursey
The world record for most pull-ups in 24 hours is 7,306. This is insane, and why anyone would feel the need to break this perfectly impressive record is beyond me (and that, of course, is why I eat Doritos for breakfast).
From April 28 to 29, two men — Nick Janowitz, a Navy veteran, and Jeremy Miller, who is reportedly joining the Navy — will attempt the unnecessary, and for a good cause. The event, hosted by nonprofit organization Pull-Up Bars for Patriots, will take place in the town of Elmhurst, Illinois, and all proceeds will go to erecting permanent memorials to fallen service members — in the form of pull-up bars.
“The fallen service men and women whom these bars honor knew the importance of physical fitness, determination and dedication,” the Pull-Up Bars for Patriots websiteproclaims. “When a set of pull-bars go up, it honors the fallen, while encouraging you to do pull-ups, even just one, in remembrance.”
Donations raised during this weekend’s event, which is open to the public, will go to building a set of pull-up bars in Elmhurst to honor Army Sgt. Joseph Vanek, an Illinois-native who was killed by a sniper while serving with the 82nd Airborne in Baghdad in 2007.
“I’m doing this to honor and show my gratitude to those who have died for our country,” Miller said in a statement. “It’s mind blowing to me how many kids my age take advantage of the freedoms they have without taking into consideration the sacrifices that we made so they can have that freedom. Hearing stories of what these fallen men and women have done for us makes doing 24 hours of pull-up seem a little bit easier.”
We wish Janowitz and Miller all the best as they embark on this extraordinary endeavor. And, guys, just remember: If you do, like, 100 pull-ups and call it quits, that’s totally okay. That’s still 100 times more pull-ups than most people will ever do in their life.
Every once in a while, we run across a photo in The Times-Picayune archives that's so striking that it begs a simple question: "What in the name of Momus Alexander Morgus is going on in this New Orleans photograph?" When we do, we've decided, we're going to share it — and to attempt to answer that question.
Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces control the monitor of their drone at their advanced position, during the fighting with Islamic State's fighters in Nazlat Shahada, a district of Raqqa. (Reuters/Zohra Bensemra)
MUSCAT (Reuters) - The United States should keep arming and aiding the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) following the planned U.S. withdrawal from Syria, provided the group keeps up the pressure on Islamic State, a senior U.S. general told Reuters on Friday.
Long before Tony Stark took a load of shrapnel to the chest in a distant war zone, science fiction legend Robert Heinlein gave America the most visceral description of powered armor for the warfighter of the future. Forget the spines of extra-lethal weaponry, the heads-up display, and even the augmented strength of an Iron Man suit — the real genius, Heinlein wrote in Starship Troopers, "is that you don't have to control the suit; you just wear it, like your clothes, like skin."
"Any sort of ship you have to learn to pilot; it takes a long time, a new full set of reflexes, a different and artificial way of thinking," explains Johnny Rico. "Spaceships are for acrobats who are also mathematicians. But a suit, you just wear."
First introduced in 2013, U.S. Special Operations Command's Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS) purported to offer this capability as America's first stab at militarized powered armor. And while SOCOM initially promised a veritable Iron Man-style tactical armor by 2018, a Navy spokesman told Task & Purpose the much-hyped exoskeleton will likely never get off the launch pad.
"The prototype itself is not currently suitable for operation in a close combat environment," SOCOM spokesman Navy Lt. Phillip Chitty told Task & Purpose, adding that JATF-TALOS has no plans for an external demonstration this year. "There is still no intent to field the TALOS Mk 5 combat suit prototype."