The number of eggs in a dozen is twelve (12).
But why is it 12? And not 11 or 13?
There are several theories on how the number of eggs in a dozen came about, but the most plausible one is that it was simply derived from counting chickens. Back in the days before industrialization, farmers would count their chickens by laying them out on the ground, making sure they were all facing the same direction, and then counting each group of six chickens as one dozen.
This method would also explain why we use twelves for other things besides eggs:
How many inches are in a foot? 12!
How many feet are there in a yard? 12!
Why do we have 12 months in a year? Because farmers needed to know when to plow their fields and sow seeds, so they divided up the year into 12 months based on seasonal changes.
Last modified: August 9, 2022