TIL the practice of bakers adding an extra piece of bread to orders (the “baker’s dozen”) was born out of fear of stiff fines, flogging, and even pillorying – not kind-hearted generosity.

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  1. Pillorying: head and hands stuck between two wooden blocks, allowing a person to be publicly shamed.

    I had to look it up, I always this was called “the stocks”.

  2. There are several theories and stories about what a bakers dozen means, one of which is that 13 is simply the maximum amount that could be placed on a baking sheet.

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