On this day in 1637 tulip mania collapsed in the Netherlands by government order. At its peek the insane demand for tulips meant that a contract could change hands for 10 times the wage of a skilled craftsman. Nearly 500 years later and people are still making the same mistakes. Mike Dash’s book on the subject, Tulipomania, comes highly recommended: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Tulipomania-Mike-Dash/dp/0753827999/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1265144866&sr=8-6
And now, the Fortean zoology news:
NZ Girl Fights Off Shark With Body Board
Bull gores 12-year-old 'torero'
Do Herbie's tree rings hold secrets?
Polish scientists say 3 Neanderthal teeth found
X-ray reveals rubber duck inside terrier 18 months...
Chinese lanterns pose danger to livestock, NFU says
Cat predicts 50 deaths in RI nursing home
Q: Why did the cat get a job in the police?
A: He always wanted to work in ‘claw’ enforcement.