Description: 'Twelve for the baker, one for the devil.'
Origin: 13th Century England
A 'Bakers Dozen' of thirteen loaves or buns has nothing to do with the devil or the ill-starred number 13. In 1267 England's King Henry III imposed heavy penalties on bakers who short-changed their customers. Since the penalties included losing a hand, the bakers devised a plan to ensure that everyone got what they paid for.
Because the bread they sent out to shops in the morning would be dryer and lighter in the evening, an extra loaf was sent out with every batch of twelve and cut to make up the full pound weight of each loaf sold.
Henry's law, called the Assize of Bread and Ale, was one of the earliest English statutes.
BAKER'S DOZEN - MORE TO EAT!!
Note: These superstitions
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