Student’s stunning paintings on book edges go viral on TikTok

An art history student has gone viral on TikTok for her incredible artwork: beautiful paintings on the edges of book pages. 

Maisie Jackson, 22, from England, has posted numerous videos on her TikTok account @maisie_matilda, showing her intricate work – called fore-edge painting – on copies of literary classics such as the “Harry Potter” series, “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy and the “Dune” trilogy. 

Many of Jackson’s videos have reached millions, including a video showing Jackson painting a picture of Hogwarts on the edges of all seven “Harry Potter” books authored by J. K. Rowling. That footage was viewed more than 8.1 million times. 

One video of Jackson painting a scene of Aragorn and Arwen in Rivendell on the edges of a copy of “The Lord of the Rings” was viewed more than 7.4 million times.

Jackson told Fox News via email that she started doing fore-edge painting last summer, though she has been a painter for many years. 

Her first attempt at fore-edge painting was on a copy of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit,” on which she painted the famous image of a hobbit hole. 

Jackson said she posted the video on TikTok “just for a bit of fun” and thought nothing of it until the next day, after her morning shift at work when she saw the clip already had 100,000 views. As of Friday, it has been viewed more than 411,200 times.  

Maisie Jackson has gone viral on TikTok for painting scenes from series such has Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and Dune on the books themselves.
Maisie Jackson has gone viral on TikTok for painting scenes from series such has Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and Dune on the books themselves.
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Maisie Jackson said that she started doing fore-edge painting last summer, though she has been a painter for many years.
Maisie Jackson said that she started doing fore-edge painting last summer, though she has been a painter for many years.
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Jackson said she particularly enjoys doing fore-edge painting on copies of Tolkien’s work. 

“Tolkien works best for me, as I was always predominantly a landscape painter, and Middle Earth is full of an amazing variety of landscape; mountains, forests, rivers and beautiful architectural concepts,” Jackson said.

A typical painting can Jackson anywhere between a few hours and a few days to complete, depending on how detailed the painting is, Jackson said, adding: “I often get very carried away with the details.”

Jackson said she posted the video on TikTok "just for a bit of fun" and thought nothing of it until the next day and she had gone viral.
Jackson said she posted the video on TikTok “just for a bit of fun” and thought nothing of it until the next day and she had gone viral.
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Maisie Jackson A typical painting can go anywhere between a few hours and a few days to complete, depending on how detailed the painting is.
Maisie Jackson A typical painting can go anywhere between a few hours and a few days to complete, depending on how detailed the painting is.
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Jackson is also finishing her final year of college studying art history, which means she only has limited time to do fore-edge paintings, she said. However, she said she hopes to continue her artwork full time – and sell the creations on Etsy – once she graduates.

“My main aim is to bring fore-edge painting back into popular visual culture,” she said. “It is currently deemed ‘critically endangered’ by the Heritage Craft Association UK.”

Jackson said that as she’s been doing fore-edge painting and posting the videos on TikTok, she’s seen her confidence and her ability grow.

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U.S. Jews to increase vigilance, training after Texas synagogue attack, experts say

The 11-hour hostage situation at a Texas synagogue this weekend will prompt increased vigilance at Jewish congregations and other organizations, security experts say.

Richard Priem is deputy national director of Community Security Service (CSS), which trains volunteers to help protect synagogues, schools and community events. He said incidents such as the hostage-taking at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas, are no longer novel in the U.S.

“We’ve seen anti-Semitic incidents [number] over 2,000 a year reported by [the Anti-Defamation League] for several years now. It’s among the highest that they have been tracking in the last 40 years,” said Mr. Priem, a former counterterrorism expert for the U.N. Security Council. “So we need to have an understanding that incidents like this can happen anywhere.”

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Building “situational awareness” among congregations is key, he said, citing attacks at synagogues in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Poway, California, as well as anti-semitic attacks in Jersey City, New Jersey, and Monsey, New York.

“In many of these attacks, the perpetrator could walk right into the synagogue,” Mr. Priem said.

“There are things that can be done on the law enforcement side, there are things trained security volunteers can do,” he added.

But fully securing a house of worship is not an easy task, said retired Las Vegas police Lt. Ray Sutton.

“There are thousands upon thousands of houses of worship in this country [and] target hardening is kind of difficult, when you’re dealing with religious congregations,” said Mr. Sutton, who heads The Wounded Blue, a nonprofit that helps injured officers.

He advises congregations to work with law enforcement in “creating the awareness and developing a relationship with local police and having them come to the location, actually looking at the physical layout, [and] understanding what the beliefs are of the congregation.”

On Saturday, an armed man took hostage four members of the Reform Jewish congregation in Colleyville during services. One hostage was freed during the 11-hour standoff with police, and the others, including Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker, were released when law enforcement entered the synagogue.

The hostage-taker, identified Sunday by the FBI as Malik Faisal Akram, a 44-year-old British citizen, died at the scene.

Rabbi Moshe Hauer, executive vice president of the Orthodox Union, one of the largest Orthodox Jewish groups in the U.S., said Sunday in a telephone interview that attacks such as Colleyville show “why we must continue to work to advocate for vigilance within that support from governments and law enforcement, in being able to protect houses of prayer of all faiths.”

“It is now necessary for many congregations to employ security guards because there’s limited local police protection,” he said.

Rabbi Hauer noted the federal Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP), which the Orthodox Union helped champion in 2005, as one element of enhancing security at houses of worship. The program received $180 million in grant money during the current fiscal year. His group has called for the amount of grant money to be doubled next fiscal year, he added.

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Defensive end Josh Sweat out for Eagles after ‘life-threatening situation’

TAMPA, Fla. — Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Josh Sweat is inactive for Sunday’s NFC wild-card game after being admitted to the hospital earlier in the week for what the team described as a “life-threatening situation.”

The Eagles released a statement before the game saying Sweat was admitted to a hospital Tuesday night and underwent “an emergency procedure due to the severity of the matter.”

“In the following days, Josh and our medical team did everything possible to help him return to play,” the statement said. “He improved every day, but it was determined by doctors today that he was not quite ready. The fact that Josh came so close to playing is a credit to his toughness and our medical staff.”

Sweat tied for the team lead in sacks with 7½.

The remainder of Philadelphia’s inactives are safety Andre Chachere, cornerback Tay Gowin, guard Nate Herbig, running back Jason Huntley, cornerback Kary Vincent and quarterback Reid Sinnett.

Eagles defensive end Josh Sweat removes his helmet while coming off the field after their loss against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium on Oct. 24, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Meanwhile, linebackers Lavonte David and Shaquil Barrett returned to the lineup for the Buccaneers. Running back Leonard Fournette, however, remains on injured reserve for the defending Super Bowl champions.

Tampa Bay’s inactives include running back Ronald Jones, cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting, wide receiver Cyril Grayson, guard Nick Leverett, tight end Codey McElroy, quarterback Kyle Trask and running back Kenjon Barner.

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Who is Dak Prescott’s girlfriend? What to know about Natalie Buffett

Dak Prescott’s sixth NFL season has been even sweeter, thanks in part to his favorite fan.

The Cowboys quarterback, who suffered a season-ending ankle injury in October 2020, has had a special supporter in the stands throughout the 2021 season, girlfriend Natalie Buffett.

Natalie Buffett, the girlfriend of Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott, models a "Cowboys make better lovers" jacket ahead of Sunday's game against the Washington Football Team on Dec. 26, 2021.
Natalie Buffett, the girlfriend of Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott, models a “Cowboys make better lovers” jacket for a Dec. 26, 2021, Cowboys game.
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In fact, during Dallas’ post-Christmas 2021 beatdown of the Washington Football Team, Buffett made a bold statement on the sidelines, courtesy of her “Cowboys make better lovers” jacket.

Though Prescott and Buffett, 23, have kept much of their relationship under wraps, here’s what to know about the couple’s romance.

Birthday debut

Natalie Buffett celebrates boyfriend Dak Prescott's birthday in July 2020.
Natalie Buffett celebrates boyfriend Dak Prescott’s birthday in July 2020.
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It is believed Prescott and Buffett started dating sometime in 2020, based on social media photos. For Prescott’s 27th birthday in July of that year, Buffett posted her first picture with the Pro Bowler on her Instagram page.

“Happy birthday babe,” she captioned the shot, which featured the couple striking a pose outdoors.

Dak Prescott and girlfriend Natalie Buffett share a kiss in July 2021 for his 28th birthday.
Dak Prescott and girlfriend Natalie Buffett share a kiss in July 2021 for his 28th birthday.
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Buffett followed suit for Prescott’s 28th birthday in 2021, writing, “So proud of everything you’ve accomplished and overcome this past year.”

‘Ready for my checkup’

During a Week 5 game against the Giants in October 2020, Prescott sustained a right ankle injury and was carted off the field. He underwent surgery as a result and was placed on injured reserve for the remainder of the season.

In the weeks after the procedure, Prescott dressed as a patient for Halloween with Buffett as his nurse.

“Time for your vaccine #itsjello,” she captioned the post on Instagram, to which the quarterback replied, “Ready for my checkup.”

Contract celebration

Dak Prescott and girlfriend Natalie Buffett celebrate his contract extension in March 2021.
Dak Prescott and girlfriend Natalie Buffett celebrate his contract extension in March 2021.
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Before the 2021 NFL season got underway, Prescott and the Cowboys agreed to a massive, four-year contract extension in March 2021 worth $160 million, with $126 million guaranteed.

“So many Moments to get to this, But the Best Ones will Come Out of it!” Prescott exclaimed on Instagram at the time.

Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott drops back to throw a pass on Jan. 8, 2022, in a game against the Eagles.
Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott drops back to throw a pass on Jan. 8, 2022, in a game against the Eagles.
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Buffett then shared a photo of the couple posing at The Star, the Cowboys’ team headquarters in Frisco, Texas. She captioned her Instagram post, “My cowboy.”

Prescott, a fourth-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, has a reported net worth of $40 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.

Playoff-bound

Natalie Buffett (left) watches the Cowboys play the Giants on Dec. 19, 2022.
Natalie Buffett (left) watches the Cowboys play the Giants on Dec. 19, 2022.
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The Cowboys claimed the 2021 NFC East title in late December, punching their ticket to the playoffs. 

One week before Dallas claimed the title as their own, Buffett said how “proud” she is of the Cowboys following their 21-6 victory over the Giants.

Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott readies to throw a pass in a Sunday, Dec. 19, 2022, game against the Giants.
Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott readies to throw a pass in a Sunday, Dec. 19, 2022, game against the Giants.
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“So proud of our boys,” Prescott wrote on Instagram as she watched the game from a MetLife Stadium suite.

Through 16 games in 2021, Prescott has thrown for 4,449 yards with a career-high 37 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

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Atlanta Transit CEO Dies by Suicide After Stepping in Front of Train

Jeffrey Parker, CEO of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) passed away on January 14, a spokesperson for the agency announced this weekend.

Parker killed himself when he stepped in front of a train in DeKalb County late Friday night.

He was only 56.

“He was an outstanding leader and steward of MARTA whose passing leaves us all heartbroken,” MARTA Chairwoman Rita Scott said in a statement. “We are devastated at this loss as we valued Jeff’s leadership and looked forward to him bringing his vision for transit to fruition. The entire metro Atlanta region owes him a debt of gratitude for his transformational efforts and we will not stop working to build on the foundation he created.”

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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported:

MARTA CEO Jeffrey Parker, who led the public transit agency through an era of expansion and pandemic, died Friday night, the agency confirmed.

The agency said Parker died by suicide. An agency official confirmed he was struck by a train at the East Lake station. The DeKalb County Medical Examiner’s Office said it could release no details of Parker’s death until its investigation is complete.

“The MARTA Board of Directors grieves the shocking death of our GM/CEO Jeff Parker who has died by suicide,” Chairwoman Rita Scott said in a statement Saturday. “He was an outstanding leader and steward of MARTA whose passing leaves us all heartbroken.

Parker, 56, had led MARTA for nearly four years. He oversaw its expansion plans in Atlanta and Clayton County and helped negotiate a new agreement among its member jurisdictions that paved the way for a 10-year sales tax extension.

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp offered his prayers to Parker’s family.

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Kanye West throws party for Chicago after crashing Kim Kardashian’s bash

Chicago West’s 4th birthday was a dramatic one, to say the least.

After dad Kanye West accused mom Kim Kardashian of not inviting him to the bash she threw for their toddler, he crashed it and later threw his own.

“He was always having his own party for Chicago. He had it at 4 p.m. at his office downtown [in Los Angeles] that he planned, so it’s so frustrating he crashed Kim’s party and created this narrative that he wasn’t invited,” a source close to the former couple told Page Six.

Multiple sources told us Kardashian, 41, was shocked when Ye, 44, claimed he “wasn’t allowed to know where her party was” in a dramatic video posted to social media – seemingly searching for answers while en route to the party.

“Kim has made every effort to invite and include Kanye for every event,” a source told Page Six.
“Kim has made every effort to invite and include Kanye for every event,” a source told Page Six.
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“I’m just putting this online because I need ya’ll support,” he said at the time. “I’ve called Kim, texted the nannies, I got on the phone with Tristan [Thompson], he said he’d ask Khloe [Kardashian]. Won’t nobody give me the address to my daughter’s birthday party right now, and that’s going to imprint in her mind that I wasn’t there for her.”

According to a source, it was “news to Kim” when Ye went live alleging he didn’t have the info, and that he wasn’t even allowed to go.

“She has never gotten in the way of allowing him to see his kids and makes every effort to give him full access to them,” the source said. “Kim has made every effort to invite and include Kanye for every event. Outside of the ones he didn’t attend.”

The source added, “He did show up for North and Saint’s birthday. She made sure the kids gave him a gift for Father’s Day, his birthday and Christmas.”

Kanye West with Chicago at her 4th birthday party on Jan. 15.
Kanye West with daughter Chicago at her 4th birthday party on Jan. 15.
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Ye eventually ended up at Kardashian’s party and later thanked Travis Scott and Kylie Jenner for getting him in. Our sources don’t know if that was, in fact, the case, but they maintain Ye’s plan was always to have his own party for Chicago. ”Kim at 12 p.m. and Kanye at 4 p.m.,” we’re told.

“That always was the plan, that he would have them at that time. And he took the kids from the noon party to his,” another family source told us.

Ye has insinuated that Kardashian’s security allegedly prevented him from entering her home with his kids because of boyfriend Pete Davidson visiting the home. Sources told us Kardashian has not introduced Davidson, 28, to their children, but that didn’t stop the rapper from releasing a new song, where he threatens to “beat Pete Davidson’s ass.”

“Even though he threatened Pete in a song [‘My Life Was Never Eazy’] and attacked Kim in the media with lies that only hurt their kids and family, she once again took the high road and allowed him to be with the kids [on Saturday] which she does every single time regardless how he treats her,” the first source said.

Kanye West, Kris Jenner.
West was seen speaking to Kris Jenner at Chicago’s birthday party.
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Other insiders are perplexed by Ye‘s public plea to celebrate the kids’ birthdays when “Kanye didn’t show up to Chicago’s birthday last year, nor did he show up to Psalm’s last year,” a family insider told us.

“He also didn’t send Christmas gifts or show up on Christmas Day,” they added.

Kanye West threw his own party for daughter Chicago – after crashing Kim Kardashian’s family bash.
Kanye West threw his own party for daughter Chicago – after crashing Kim Kardashian’s family bash.
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The first source told us Ye is “upset with Kim” because she is creating boundaries and wants more privacy.

“It has nothing to do with co-parenting or the kids, but his feelings with not being able to control her any longer,” they said.

Reps for West and Kardashian did not comment, but we predict the drama won’t end with him crashing Chicago’s birthday.

The rapper’s expected bombshell sit-down with Hollywood Unlocked CEO Jason Lee – where he spills on new gal pal Julia Fox, Kardashian and their kids – airs Monday.

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Your earbuds are gross — here’s how to clean them the right way

It’s a bit stomach-turning when you think about the germs, viruses, grime, and other crud covering our devices. 

Dust can do a surprising amount of damage to your TV. Particles find their way into every crack and crevice and stay there unless you do something about it.

Your TV is probably clear of nasty germs, but your phone is another story. Think about everything you touch in a day and all the times you grab your phone.

And then there are your earbuds. Unless you clean them regularly, crud builds up in a way that would be embarrassing if anyone else saw it. Here’s how to get rid of it. 

Wiping away the crud 

Compared to other gadgets, earbuds rack up an extraordinary amount of nastiness. They collect dirt and skin particles, earwax, grease, and sweat. They’re like portable Petri dishes for our biological debris. Yuck. 

Luckily, it’s not hard to wipe it all away. First, grab a microfiber cloth. I like this 6-pack from EliteTechGear, which you can get for less than $10.  

EliteTechGear microfiber cloths can be used to clean earbuds.
EliteTechGear microfiber cloths can be used to clean earbuds.
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Lightly dampen it and wipe down the cord and body of each earbud. You can use these steps for your earbuds’ charging case, too, but avoid anything wet on the speaker area of your headphones. 

If you prefer cleaning wipes as I do, grab a big affordable pack, so you never run out. I always order Care Touch’s box of 210 wipes. Again, avoid the speaker. 

Cleaning wipes are another option for earbuds, but be sure to avoid the speaker.
Cleaning wipes are another option for earbuds, but be sure to avoid the speaker.
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Pro tip: If you have white corded headphones covered in dirt and scuffs, use a pencil eraser to buff the dark streaks away. 

When cleaning your earbud speakers, you need to be careful. Sharp objects like toothpicks or safety pins can do severe damage. A plastic tool, like a flosser, is a safer option for scraping earwax or other buildups from around the edge. Once you’re done, use a dry cloth to wipe away the junk gently. 

One viral TikTok trick recommends Blu Tack, the reusable adhesive putty used to hang up posters, as a safer option. Sculpt it into a ball and press it into your earbud speakers. When you pull it away, it should have picked up all the junk inside your buds.  

Here’s what you need to avoid 

Whatever you do, don’t run water over your earbuds. Sure, you can use a slightly damp cloth or cleansing wipe — but make sure you soak up that moisture with a dry, soft, and lint-free cloth when you’re done. 

Avoid metal or wire brushes. You’ll also want to skip chemical detergents. Plain water should be more than enough for the cord and body of your headphones or earbuds. 

Make sure to not damage the earbuds with sharp objects like tooth picks.
Make sure to not damage the earbuds with sharp objects like tooth picks.
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Of course, make sure to be super careful when you wipe — no rough tugging or harsh pulling over the mesh speakers. Avoid any cleaners here. 

And once you’re done, be sure to dry your earbuds with a clean, soft cloth. Don’t charge them until you’re 100% sure they are moisture-free. 

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Maine girls high school basketball announcers fired after body-shaming players

A pair of high school announcers in Houlton, Maine were fired on Thursday after making comments body-shaming girls basketball players during a livestream.

Jim Carter and Steve Shaw, a former athletic director and coach, respectively, had been broadcasting games for about a month, according to the Portland Press Herald. In a 40-second video that made its way onto Twitter, one of them was heard saying, “two girls out here extremely overweight. Awful.” The two laughed and exchanged more derogatory comments without realizing their microphones were on during a game between Central Aroostook and Easton high schools.

“I started getting phone calls immediately,” WHOU station director Fred Grant told the Press Herald.

Carter told the Press Herald that he apologized to the superintendent of the school with players he commented on. A retired teacher, Carter has written three books about high school basketball in Aroostook County. Shaw was inducted into the Maine Basketball Hall of Fame in August.



“I don’t even know what to say,” Carter told the Press Herald. “Hopefully everybody can get through this and be OK.”

Joseph Leach, a parent of one of the girls on the team, expressed shock when reached by the Press Herald.

“I was home after the games and somebody shared the video with us and I instantly knew it was Jim Carter and Steve Shaw talking,” Leach said. “And I really just couldn’t believe what they were saying, honestly.”

Grant issued an apology on behalf of the station.

“It’s in writing, it’s verbalized, it’s repeated,” Grant said. “They know the deal. It’s a colossal failure by them.”

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