Which aren't actually MY thoughts at all, just stuff I've collected from newspapers and old magazines.
A couple of funny quotes first:
1. people say you can't live without love...I think oxygen is more important. (from LeFunny.net)
2. A woman had four different husbands - a banker, an actor, a preacher and an undertaker. With a little help from Blue Suede Shoes, that's one for the money, two for the show, three to get ready and four to go. (from a newspaper clipping several months ago)
the magazine article:
Why 13 to a dozen?
The term Baker's Dozen is said to have originated in 13th century medieval England where bakers would give an extra loaf to safeguard against being penalised for selling a shortweight.
A statute introduced by King Henry 3rd in 1266 called the "Assize of Bread and Ale" outlined strict penalties such as public floggings or fines for bakers who short changed their customers.
The statute was the first law in British history to regulate the production and sale of food and was introduced because some bakers were adding sand to flour to save money and selling underweight bread.
The statute was over ruled in London at the beginning of the 19th century.
Many modern bakers continue to bake items in lots of 13 rather than 12 to ensure there is a complete dozen if one is burned or ruined during baking.
(I'm assuming they no longer give the 13 items these days)
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