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why is a bakers dozen 13?

is it because the baker couldnt count, the pan had 13 spaces, the trainee baker threw one in to wind the boss up or was he just a ponker who was actually a transvestite who got the job by,,,,,,,,, ,,,,I'll leave the rest to your imagination. ,,,,,x,

Asked By: SPLEB - 10/5/2007
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There are as many suggestions as loaves in a bakers dozen. A few solutions... More
Answered By: john - 10/5/2007
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I think it's to do with having a spare one. We need 12 cakes, so make 13 just in case one flops/burns/gets dropped.
Answered By: mark - 10/5/2007
 
It was 2 make up the weight.
Answered By: elizadushku - 10/5/2007
 
one for luck (spoilage)
Answered By: Well, said Alberto - 10/5/2007
 
Bacause the delivery boy always used to nick one of the buns,cakes or whatever. so the baker always made 13 to cover the lost one.
Answered By: robert h - 10/5/2007
 
It's a consumer protection phenomenon.
Answered By: Pedantic Scorpion - 10/5/2007
 
is it? maybe your bakers can't count or maybe i'm just stupid!
Answered By: Tess - 10/5/2007
 
heard this on the radio the other day. it's because they used to sell rolls etc by weight. if it were found to be short they would face serious consequences, so they would chuck in a spare one to make sure it wasn't x
Answered By: Willow - 10/5/2007
 
It was to cover for one being stolen by whoever was between the baker and the customer ! ! !
Answered By: minefelloff - 10/5/2007
 
During the Middle ages, it was common for each landlord to have a bakery, which was actually a public oven; Housewives would bring dough that they had prepared to the baker, who would use the oven to bake it into bread. As time went on, bakers would also bake their own goods, and this is where numerous tricks come in... More
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Answered By: caroline w - 10/5/2007
 
This is the answer I found at the phrase finder site: It's widely believed that this phrase originated from the practice of medieval English bakers giving an extra loaf when selling a dozen in order to avoid being penalized for selling short weight.
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Answered By: anigma - 10/5/2007
 
From what I understand it originated in Europe, England I belieived. During a time of famine bakers began to cheat their customers out of baked goods because most of the populace could not count very well, due to the low educatinal standards of the time. This led to the king declaring that any baker found cheating a... More
Answered By: Andrew P - 10/5/2007
 
I think it was the old way! You bought so many things and they gave you an extra one of them. Some shops still do it! I went to the fruit shop last week, bought a few including cooking apples. shopkeeper gave me an extra one free of charge
Answered By: ros - 10/5/2007
 
They made 13 because if one gets dropped or burnt
Answered By: Buddy - 10/5/2007
 
There are actually TWO schools of thought on this subject... More
Answered By: LARRY J7 - 10/5/2007
 
A baker's dozen, also known as a long dozen, is 13, one more than a proper dozen. The expression found its genesis in 13th-century England... More
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Answered By: Quiche Lorraine - 10/5/2007
 
in the olden days .... some baker was accused by a duke of not making 12 whatevers..... so he decided to make 13 and to this day all bakers make 13......hence bakers dozen is 13. was on the radio the other day and still in my head
Answered By: dave s - 10/5/2007
 
>> The real reason is the baker used to bake an extra for himself to eat & still have the 12 to sell. Ciao!
Answered By: Nienna - 10/5/2007
 
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