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Hark, the ᚼᛒ: Harald Bluetooth syncs.

They say that history repeats itself, and those who don’t know it are destined first as a tragedy, second as a farce. Or, in this case, it could be serendipity or, alternately, a patent lawsuit.

In this fun and peculiar history instalment, our top favourite YouTuber, Tom Scott uncovers what might just be coincidence where technology and history collide, but ages apart. As a preface, most of us know Bluetooth, that ubiquitous technology that allows all of our treasured devices to talk to one another: phones to tablets; tablets to televisions, etc. You know what we’re talking about. You may even use Bluetooth and not even know it. PS: don’t worry; there will be no technical mumbo-jumbo required to understand this post.

The Jelling Stones, thousand-year-old Viking runestones, sit in the town of Jelling in Denmark. They tell the tale of Harald Bluetooth: one of the first kings of Denmark. Watch Tom’s video, above, to discover why his name is on your phone. Thanks, Tom!

Do as the Europeans do. Take the train to Jelling. Click here to book through TheTrainline.

Stay at the playful Gormsgade lejlighed Apartment in Jelling. Click here to book.

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