Friday, 13 February 2015

Friday Fact

Ok, so... here's the plan. My head's full so I intend here, in an occasional series of posts, to unload some of the slightly more esoteric items both to make space for more stuff and to keep you entertained.

For example, do you know where the term 'Bluetooth' comes from?

Have you ever wondered?


Oh. Well I'm going to tell you anyway.

Strange word, isn't it? Especially for an electronic system of wireless communication. Even stranger is the fact that it's over 1000 years old, considerably older than Bluetooth technology.

Unless, that is, you know that its originator - one Harald Bluetooth, Viking - was known for his (distinctly un-Viking) qualities of diplomacy and a desire to unify the disparate Norse kingdoms. (He was King of Norway and Denmark.)

The Vikings had a bit of a reputation, didn't they, for raping, pillaging, fighting - even amongst themselves. But Harald Bluetooth's strategy of Viking unity (think of it, perhaps, as a sort of Norse EU) now means his name (chosen by the likes of Ericsson and Nokia, and where do they come from?) is known the world over.

And those funny little sumbols  ᚼ ᛒ ?

They're his initials.

1 comment:

  1. Brilliant! I was thinking exactly that on my way home from work yesterday - "Why "bluetooth"? Now I know.


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