Why don’t Vikings like to send emails?

They prefer to use Norse code!


This stupid joke had me searching for when the first email ever sent was (I’m, uh, well aware there is a significant time gap between Vikings and Computers). Turns up as:

Sometime in late 1971, a computer engineer named Ray Tomlinson sent the first e-mail message. “I sent a number of test messages to myself from one machine to the other,” he recalls now. “The test messages were entirely forgettable. . . . Most likely the first message was QWERTYIOP or something similar.”

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