Wikipedia: Tulip Mania

In February 1637, the Dutch tulip market had grown to the point that a single bulb sold for more than 10 times the annual income of a skilled craftsworker. Then, almost overnight, the market crashed completely.

Zoe Chace is a reporter and producer at This American Life.

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