1.) There’s a new number one wine market in the world – the United States of America. It’s official – in 2013, Americans bought just over 768 million gallons of wine, an increase of 0.5% over the previous year, but just enough of a gain to over take France, where their buying dropped by about 7%. We still trail the French when it comes to individual wine drinking. The average French person goes through about 1.2 bottles per week -- six times more than the average American.
2.) You might think that texting is the main way we stay in touch these days, but that’s not actually the case. According to a new survey, 56% of us still prefer to call someone, with texting a distance second at 25%. Texting is more popular for people aged 18 to 34. However, when getting in touch for something important, like a birthday, 67% of young people do make a call, compared to 71% of people overall. Guys call their wife or girlfriend the most while women call their kids more than anyone else.
3.) If you're deaf or in an emergency where you can't speak, reach 911 has been a problem. Starting today, our nation's leading mobile providers will begin support of texting to 911 for emergencies in certain areas. The providers include AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless. For the time being, only certain states and counties have call centers that support 911 texting, but the goal is to get this service rolled out nationwide as soon as possible. No areas of South Carolina are yet included, although some areas of North Carolina and Georgia are.