Bakers gave an extra one to please their customers and allow them to come back. it also makes up for the odd bun that is a bit smaller than the rest.

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There was time when baked goods had to weigh a certain amount. If a baker was caught selling short weight, he was in big trouble. So if you ordered the customary dozen of something, he'd throw in an extra just to make sure the weight was lawful.

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One for the cook!!!

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Tradition

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I read on the back of a packet of skins (and therefore it must be true) that when they sold a batch the thirteenth would make them their profit.

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There are a couple of theories on this. Bread was a valuable commodity in the old days and there were laws about the measurement of wheat. So the bakers gave there customers 13 instead of 12 so as not to break the law. The other is about the size of the bakers tin being such and such a size and more efficent that it came out 13. But this one isn't thought much of.

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