Attempted murder by cheesecake for the purpose of identity theft

A Brooklyn resident is lucky to be alive. After allegedly accepting a gift of poisoned cheesecake from Viktoria Nasyrova, she began to feel ill. A friend later found the Brooklyn-ite unconscious and surrounded by scattered pills, as if she had apparently attempted suicide. Rushed to a hospital and survived, remembering only a hovering Nasyrova nearby as she passed out.

Apparently the victim's passport and other critical identification/work enabling paperwork had been stolen from her apartment, and Nasyrova looks an awful lot like the victim. Someone is in custody. Hope it is the right one. Read the rest

Gil Elvgren - the Norman Rockwell of cheesecake

Peruvian painter Alberto Vargas may be the most famous pin-up artist, but Gil Elvgren was the greatest. The massive book, Elvgren: His Life & Art, has the artist’s best paintings, and often the photographs of models Elvgren used for reference are printed side-by-side with the paintings. Read the rest

Vikki "The Back" Dougan - 1950s It Girl

In the 1950's Vikki Dougan appeared on the cover of Life, on countless LP sleeves, in the pages of Playboy, and in magazine ads for grooming products. Deanna of Kitsch-Slapped, who posted a ton of photos and a bio about Dougan says, "you may not recognize her from the front, but you likely recognize her backside — hence her nickname, 'The Back.'"

Looking Back At Vikki “The Back” Dougan (A Biography) Read the rest