Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Boris Yeltsin Loved Elvis; Hated Staples

MOSCOW (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Boris Yeltsin was best known for his role as the President of Russia, but he also had another unique claim to fame: Moscow’s biggest Elvis Presley fan.

According to sources, Yeltsin was a huge fan of the King, and would often listen to Presley’s recording of “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” during times of stress, such as in August, 1991, when he prevented a coup by standing on top of a tank.

But while Yeltsin loved Presley, he hated staples with an equal amount of passion.

Back in the mid-90s, Harpers magazine printed a memo from a Yeltsin aide demanding that no one use staples on any papers given to their fearless leader.

The memo stated that staples “...make it very difficult for the President. In fact, this practice holds up the President’s very decisions.”

Although some folks were perplexed by Yeltsin’s “staple phobia,” an insider who picked his brain says that staples made him feel like an office boy.

Plus, Yeltsin was fond of chewing metal things while at work and felt that paper clips were less likely than staples to get stuck in his teeth.

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