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US Household Net Worth declined $36K on average

chart going down - BSN

(Best Syndication News) - According to the US Census Bureau, households in the US had a median decline in net worth of around 35 percent between 2005 and 2010. The net worth on average was $102,844 in 2005, and in 2010, it dropped down to $66,740. The main reason for the decline in net worth is from the reduced home values.

The US Census Bureau said that if you remove the home equity aspect, median household net worth actually increased by 8 percent between 2009 and 2010. The increase from the two years was $13,859 to $15,000, which is an additional $1,141 in net worth.

America chews their way through first ever National Jerky Day

Jason Mecier creates Big Foot Portrait for Jack Links Beef Jerky - Jack Links PR

(Best Syndication News) - It seems like every food is getting a national day of honor, so why not beef jerky. Therefore, on June 12, 2012, there will be the first ever National Jerky Day celebrating the history of the dried meat snack.

Jack Link's Beef Jerky company hired renowned mosaic artist, Jason Mecier, to create a one-of-a-kind tribute to jerky. Mecier created a portrait of Sasquatch using the 100 different varieties of Jack Link's jerky products. The portrait of the legendary creature was created for Jack Link to tie in with their current marketing campaign. This artist has created other works of art with common everyday objects.

Mecier made a portrait of actor/comedian Jerry Seinfeld using dry cereal, a portrait of Condoleezza Rice using rice, and a portrait of singer Taylor Swift using Good & Plenty candy. He also made a portrait of Rachel Ray using beans and noodles, and a portrait of Martha Steward by carefully arranging a veggie platter.

National Donut Day is June 1, 2012

donut - credit: National Cancer Institute Renee Comet (Photographer) - PD

(Best Syndication News) - There seems to be a day to commemorate everything – including donuts. June 1, 2012 is National Donut Day. What does this mean? This might mean a free donut at some retailers around the country. Every first Friday of June has been designated as National Donut Day. Donuts is also spelled as doughnuts, but either way they are a popular treat.

The National Donut Day goes back to 1938, when the The Salvation Army in Chicago did a fundraiser with the bakery food. The donuts were the chosen product because of the successful reception of treats that were given out to military men in World War I by Salvation Army volunteers. The Salvation Army still celebrates National Donut Day in areas by handing out donuts and coffee on this day.

Greyhound offers $1 Bus Fare for East Coast Travelers affected by Bus Company Closures

(Best Syndication News) - Greyhound along with Peter Pan Bus Lines and Adirondack Trailways are offering a $1 bus fare for customers that have purchased tickets with bus carriers that have been closed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

The $1 fares are only for those travelers who have purchased tickets from the 26 defunct bus lines before May 31, 2012 and they are valid for travel from June 1 through June 16, 2012. To get the discounted tickets, travelers must purchase them at Greyhound terminals. Peter Pan Bus Lines, and Adirondack Trailways may have similar requirements.

Annular Solar Eclipse visible in the West this Sunday

USA Map of the Annular Solar Eclipse May 20, 2012, see below for more info - credit: NASA

(Best Syndication News) - An annular solar eclipse is going to be visible to huge populations this Sunday and Monday. In the Western United States, the solar eclipse is going to be visible at around 6 pm Pacific time on May 20, 2012. The solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the Sun and Earth making the sun darkened in the middle with a glowing ring remaining. This is not a total solar eclipse. The last time a solar eclipse of this viewing magnitude occurred in the US was in 1994.

NASA explained that this event is an annular solar eclipse, which blocks up to 94 percent of the sun from Earth’s view. The event will be seen by hundreds of millions of people in Southeast Asia, and the western part of the United States. In North America, the solar eclipse will be visible at the end of the day. In Asia, the eclipse will occur in the early morning hours on Monday.

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