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Right shows a large white Bengal tiger called Odin who lives at the Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Zoo in Vallejo near San Francisco. An excellent swimmer that happily dives into the pool when a lump of meat is thrown in. He defies the rule that most cats do not like getting wet.

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Norman Rockwell’s rosy illustrations of small town American life looked so photographic because his method was to copy photographs that he conceived and meticulously directed, working with various photographers and using friends and neighbors as his models.

“The Runaway” (1958) is one example from the recently published Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera (Little, Brown and Company, 2009). More about Rockwell’s photo realism, including an image gallery, is currently on NPR’s web site.

The Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusettes is also hosting an exhibition, and according to NPR, will put Rockwell’s digitized photographic archive online at the end of the year.

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Advanced Iron forum member TMP just completed his custom Iron Man costume just in time for the film’s theatrical premiere. Incredible work! Stan Winston would be proud. TMP says he spent $1500-2000 on the material compound alone, never-mind months of trial and error. The resulting suit looks pretty real to me.

But outside of Comic-Con and Halloween, where do you wear such a thing? Check out the photos of this custom armor after the jump.

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