Yeltsin lost two of the fingers on his left hand when he was a child after he and his friends found a grenade and thought it would be a good idea to try to defuse it.
Ever since, hes been, hands down, the No. 1 fingerless celebrity according to Fritz Holznagel, who keeps a list of such mano a mano matters at www.who2.com
Holznagel fears officials will try to put their foot down and hide Yeltsins missing fingers at the funeral with a glove.
Thats because Yeltsin didnt like to talk about his accident.
As Holznagel puts it, It was indicative of his character [Yeltsin] was adventurous and curious and his fingers show that yet he didnt really speak out about it.
Still, Holznagel doesnt understand why Yeltsin would hide his deformity and says he would still make a good spokesman for land mine activists.
Now that Yeltsin is dead, Holznagel says hell hand over the title of No. 1 Fingerless Celebrity to Gary Burghoff, best known as Walter Radar OReilly on M.A.S.H.
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