Friday, September 13th, 2013

Black Friday

Once again it is friday the 13th which some supersticious people think is unlucky. There ahave also been a few groups where the number 13 has genuinely been unlucky.

  1. Bakers. When a minimum weight for a dozen loaves of bread was imposed and bakers didn’t have the means to weigh the loaves accurately they were forced to throw in a thirteenth loaf to ensure that they were over the minimum weight. That was the origin of the term baker’s dozen meaning 13.
  2. Anyone living or working on the 13th floor of a building (or any higher floor for that matter) as fire brigade ladders were only long enough to reach the 12th floor.
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