Does Snopes.com Reveal This Story To Be True Or False? Read On...I will honestly admit that I had never even heard of *that* Vargas, as there is only one artist named Vargas who ever has been (and rightfully so) famous: *Alberto* Vargas (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alberto_Vargas)
A quick check on Snopes.com (*the* online source on the ever-present urban legend) has determined that this story may or may not be true. See for yourself: http://www.snopes.com/critters/crusader/vargas.asp
I've been online a long, long time and have come across countless urban legends, and this story has all the makings of one.