If Shakespeare can be summed up in a tweet, it seems only natural that 100 years of history would eventually become a YouTube clip.
A video uploaded by user derDon1234 has encapsulated the major global events from 1911 to 2011 within ten minutes. You can view the clip here: http://bcove.me/myrfy4gx
Beginning with Roald Amundsen reaching the South Pole, the clip whips through endless wars, the development of nuclear technology and space travel before ending with last year's devastating Japanese triple-disaster.
While it has its high points, including great achievements like the first moving assembly line in 1913 and the moon landing in 1969, the clip is otherwise a sobering walk through a 21st century full of man-made destruction.
Chilling images from World War II take up almost one-third of the video, including the famous "total war" speech and Hitler's inauguration.
Notably absent are any musical or cultural achievements, with clips limited mainly to politics, natural and man-made disasters, war and sports.
No New Zealand events were included.