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Tulpendag! A Day of Free Tulips in Amsterdam

January 17, 2010
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During the 17th-century economic bubble known as "tulip mania," tulips were an unparalleled symbol of luxury, and they fetched a pretty (and speculative) penny. European audiences found the tulip's saturated colors to be exotic, wonderful, and worth the cost of a posh Amsterdam flat on the canal. The tulip frenzy would crash of course, but today, after a recovery period of several centuries and the introduction of new floral species to temper the tulip's allure, the flower has settled into a comfortable spot: still cherished, but a lot less expensive. Sometimes, they're even free.