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MAN DIES TRYING TO SET WORLD RECORD FOR SPINNING IN CIRCLES
July 25 2009
London, U.K. - According to Guinness the world record for the most snails on a person’s face for ten seconds is eight. The world record for the world’s longest ear hair is 13.2 cm. The record for cycling backwards and playing to violin is 60.45 kilometres. Throughout the history of the Guinness world records there have been all
manner of attempts at immortality. Some attempts have bordered on inanity, some on sheer danger, but regardless of the nature of the attempts people have continued to try to cement their place in the annals of history through Guinness.
Such was the case for 22-year old Edward Mazmian of London who last week was admitted to hospital suffering from severe dementia. While doctors attempted to assess his health the patient apparently bolted from the bed and began spinning in circles. According to a police report the patient began spinning out of control which eventually sent him into the hallway where he hit his head and collapsed. Mazmian expired shortly afterwards due to severe head trauma. Now fresh questions are being raised as to the responsibility of the hospital and the role that officials from Guinness world records may have played.
“We can confirm that a 22-year old man was admitted to Princess Grace Hospital late last week. It appeared that the man was suffering from some kind of dementia as well
as physical disorientation and severe vomiting. Doctors apparently attempted to help the patient but were pushed aside when the patient rose from his bed,” said a police spokesperson. “It then appears that he began spinning around the Emergency Department and before security was able to arrive moved into the hallway where he consequently fell and struck his head. He later died from internal bleeding. It does appear that he was attempting to set a world record for spinning in circles and we are investigating the case on that basis.”
It is believed that Guinness officials were on scene for the failed attempt but quickly left when Mazmian became ill and unable to continue spinning. He was brought to hospital by his girlfriend who is not a part of the immediate investigation.
“Guinness has very strict guidelines when it comes to safety and ethics. While I cannot comment specifically on this case, we do not engage record attempts that could potentially jeopardize a person’s life or that would encourage them to engage in any kind if untoward behaviour. This is a policy that I can say is enforced across the board at every one of our facilities throughout the world,” said an official for Guinness. “We do have a great deal of sympathy for the people involved in this sad situation be we want to be clear that we do not encourage records, we merely observe them. In all cases people’s actions are their own responsibility and not that of Guinness or any of our subsidiaries.”
Police are not ruling out possible charges against the organization which they believe may have enabled Mazmian. They are also looking into the security procedures employed at the hospital and any role that may have played.
“Legally it’s a bit of a thorny issue. Likely when they left they felt that he was healthy, or at least healthy enough that they were not needed. As far as enabling goes that too is a very sticky issue. True he may not have made the attempt were they not there but he also invited them. That may absolve them of any wrongdoing from a legal perspective anyway,” said Scrape TV Legal analyst Gabe Hawthorne. “Laws of course can vary from country to country but generally speaking observing an act that leads to death does not implicate a person. Of course the real question would be whether or not the spins he made in the hospital counted towards his official count. If that is the case then he could still be considered under the purview of Guinness and thereby implicate them. It’s a tough situation to be sure.”
Officials have not released the number of spins Mazmian made but is believed to be well short of the record of 700.