Flora Linguinti

``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


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