Photo Challenge – Extra

This week’s photo challenge prompt is EXTRA.

A common example of EXTRA is the Baker’s Dozen, which is a dozen plus one. Probably the most classic example comes from the baker himself, by including an extra doughnut with each order for a dozen.

My neighborhood bagel shop also uses the Baker’s Dozen for each dozen purchased. Now, this should be enough to make any bagel nut happy. But wait, there’s more! In addition to the EXTRA bagel with every dozen, a special card is available, which the clerk marks with each (baker’s) dozen purchased. After purchasing a dozen dozen, you get a free baker’s dozen! An EXTRA dozen plus one. That’s a lot of EXTRAS!

My local coffee shop offers a similar card, and after purchasing 18 bags of beans, you receive an EXTRA bag, free.

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How the baker’s dozen came to be:

The next time you get the gift of an extra doughnut added to your dozen, thank crooked 13th-century bakers for the bonus treat. In the 1260s, British breadmakers were notorious for shorting customers with skimpy loaves. King Henry III was so irked by the problem that he implemented a new law to standardize the weight of a loaf—selling puny loaves could result in beatings or jail time. Since bakers wanted to stay on the right side of the law, one common trick was to give 13 loaves to any customer buying a dozen. Even if the loaves were light, the extra would cover the shortfall. It was an easy fix for bakers, and since low-carb diets were still seven centuries away, customers rejoiced.

16 thoughts on “Photo Challenge – Extra

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