``Over the next decade or so the tulip became a popular but expensive item
in Dutch gardens. Many of these flowers succumbed to a nonfatal virus
known as mosaic. It was this mosaic that helped to trigger the wild
speculation in tulip bulbs. The virus caused the tulip petals to develop
contrasting colored stripes or "flames." The Dutch valued highly these
infected bulbs, called "bizarres." In a short time, popular taste
dictated that the more bizzare a bulb, the greater the cost of owning it.''
- A Random Walk Down Wall Street, Burton G. Malkiel
Last updated: 25 Oct 2001
These pages are netscape-dehanced
to get that total, virtually bizarre, scent.
Rte 1, Box 558 / Leander, TX / 78641-9413
Web space provided by