Talking Points: Garlic caper, deadly zorb, instant movies

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What does garlic have to do with a manhunt?

International arrest warrants have been issued for two British men accused of smuggling as much as 1.2 tons of Chinese garlic across the Norwegian-Swedish border -- thereby avoiding customs checks and some 10 million euros ($13.1 million) in Swedish taxes. China produces roughly 80 percent of the world's garlic. In 2010, Polish authorities seized six containers with 144 tons of Chinese garlic that had been smuggled into the country via the Netherlands.

nSEnSWhat is zorbing, and can it be dangerous?
Zorbing is a thrill ride using a giant, double-layered inflatable ball. Riders are secured in harnesses inside the inner ball. They ride downhill inside the ball, which is encased inside a larger ball with a cushion of air in between. The zorb is to be one of the symbols of the next Winter Olympics. One Russian man was killed recently and another man seriously injured in the Caucasus Mountains of southern Russia when their zorb veered off course, flew over a rocky ledge and disappeared down a gorge.

nSEnSWhat is the newest way to get movies instantly?

Verizon Communications Inc. and Coinstar Inc., which owns Redbox, have launched Redbox Instant, an online video service offering more than 4,000 movies. For $8 to $9 a month, customers get unlimited streaming and up to four DVD rentals from the firm's 42,000 kiosks. So far, the company has signed up 10,000 users for its public test and hopes to win over 35 million customers overall. Netflix had 27.5 million U.S. streaming and mail-order DVD subscribers as of Sept. 30.

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By the staff of
The Washington Examiner