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German Teenager Stumbles Upon Treasure of Viking King Bluetooth

by Eben Diskin May 25, 2018

Imagine strolling along with your metal detector, and finding a treasure trove of Bluetooth gear. Well, that’s exactly what happened to 13-year-old Luca Malaschnitschenko. While using his metal detector in a field on Rügen, a German island in the Baltic Sea, Luca stumbled across a medieval treasure that happened to belong to a Viking called “Bluetooth”. No, it wasn’t a heap of Bluetooth headsets, earpieces, and speakers, but around 600 coins, a Thor’s hammer, and some brooches, pearls, and necklaces.

Harald Blåtand Gormsson, nicknamed “Bluetooth” because of his dead tooth that had a bluish tint, was a Viking who ruled over Denmark in the 10th century. He is credited with converting the Danes to Christianity, and being a unifying force in Denmark. At the end of his life, he was driven out of Denmark and escaped south to what is now the island of Rügen, where the treasure was found.

It may surprise you that the link between the familiar wireless technology and the Viking ruler is no coincidence. When Bluetooth creator Jim Kardach was developing the technology in 1996, he also happened to be reading about Vikings, and noticed an illustration of “King Bluetooth”, who had united the Danes. Wanting to capture this spirit of unification in his new technology, he decided to borrow the nickname as a codename for his project, and the name stuck. The Bluetooth icon is actually a mix of the letters H and B, the Viking’s initials.

This proves that it may still be worth pacing back and forth on the beach with a metal detector; you never know what history lies beneath.

H/T: History Channel

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