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This edition: Tulipmania

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Imagine a craze as potent as the wildest stock market boom, a commodity as precious as gold. This was Tulipmania, which gripped 17th century Amsterdam. The tulip appeared in Europe in the mid-16th century, an imported luxury from Turkey. Men murdered for them, the stock exchange began dealing in them and people mortgaged their house to buy a single bulb. The end came overnight.