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The Dark History Behind The ‘Baker’s Dozen’

In Babylon, shortchanging bread led to someone’s hand being chopped off.

Photo from The Bodleian Library at Oxford — Public Domain

When you go into a donut shop, the most common amount ordered is usually a dozen donuts. Dozen is a word of French origin that refers to 12 donuts.

However, there’s another term to refer to 13 donuts, or sometimes a little more for good…




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