The Day Mankind Swallowed the Globematt buchanan12/14/11 4:41pm25EditPromoteDismissUndismissHideGo to permalinkA century is not a very long time. Life is short or whatever, but people live to be 100. One hundred years ago yesterday, we had never touched the southernmost point on earth. We had automobiles. And planes. But we'd never been to the South Pole.