Middle school math teacher sets world pull-up record

While obviously an amazing achievement, it's one with a very personal meaning for Gurkovich. According to The Star-Ledger, one of the students at his school died of cancer aged just 14. A childhood friend of Gurkovich's died in 2007, also of cancer, so he says he knew how his students felt and wanted to do something to help. So he came up with the pull-ups idea, which, as you can imagine, was no easy feat. The previous record holder, David Goggins, took three attempts to set the record, twice pulling out with injuries. And he's a Navy SEAL! And Military Times reports Washington-based sailor Mike McCastle had to pull out of a recent attempt after just more than 3,200 pull-ups. And if those guys struggle, you know it's hard, which we think makes Gurkovich maybe the coolest, toughest math teacher in the country. Thursday Gurkovich appeared on "Fox & Friends" where not only did Guinness recognize his record as official -- "You are officially amazing" -- but the CEO of Retro Fitness also presented him with a check for $5,000. That money, along with $3,060 Gurkovich raised during his record attempt, will go to the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, where both his friend and the student were treated. Gurkovich told The Star-Ledger he'll try to break his own record in November. We ache all over just thinking about it ...



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Concert Dress Code

These days we’re used to events being sponsored by corporations. Seriously? When was the last time you went to a show that wasn’t brought to you by Citibank, or you could only buy Budweiser because they were the sponsors. But one company recently took sponsorship to an extreme and it’s turned into a PR nightmare. Earlier this week, Levis Jeans sponsored a free, ticketed concert featuring the bands Haim and Sleigh Bells in Brooklyn, New York. On the company’s website they specifically asked that all attendees wear Levis clothing, but apparently they weren’t just asking. In fact, according to the “New York Daily News,” the dress code was strictly enforced and anyone who showed up wearing something else, regardless of whether they had a ticket or not, was not allowed into the concert. If Levis was hoping the show would bring them some good publicity, or new fans, their plan backfired big time, since many non-Levis-wearing concertgoers were turned away and later voiced their frustration on Twitter. Exclusivity for sponsors isn’t new, but this certainly seems a little ridiculous. As one expert told the paper, “If Levi's produced and sponsored the event, I guess they have that right, but it would seem to me it would cause more ill will toward the brand than positive, especially for those that couldn't get in.” It’s a sure bet Levis lost a few customers that night. (New York Daily News)