The ACTUAL Size Of Things That Might Surprise You!
- Published on: 4/19/2020
- Hi, it’s Katrina! From flying creatures the size of giraffes to doors as heavy as an elephant, here is the actual size of 12 different things put into perspective!
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12. Quetzalcoatlus Northropi
You may have never heard of Quetzalcoatlus northropi, the largest flying animal that ever existed!! This flying reptile known as a pterosaur, was named after the Mesoamerican god, Quetzalcoatl, the feathered serpent that created the cosmos and was a manifestation of the wind, one of the most powerful forces in nature. Seeing a connection here?
11. The Star-Spangled Banner
If you’ve ever hung a flag on a flagpole, you probably already know that they’re bigger than they seem from ground-level. But the flag that inspired Francis Scott Key to write the national anthem, is equally deceptive from afar, and is even larger than most flags that are flown today.
10. Solar System
The world sometimes feels like a huge place -- after all, most people only see a small portion of it in their whole lifetime. But our solar system is even bigger, and it’s hard to fully understand or appreciate its size as a two-dimensional model. To put things into perspective, NASA described the solar system as if it were the size of a football field, with its contents scaled down accordingly.
9. Angler Fish
The angler fish is a deep sea fish with an enormous mouth full of razor-sharp translucent teeth. There are over 200 species of anglerfish, with their most distinctive feature being the piece of flesh that protrudes above their mouths like a fishing pole. It lights up in the deep, dark water, attracting little unsuspecting fishies to come and investigate. Only females have this feature.
Thanks to the world’s most widely recognized map, known as the Mercator projection, most people have misconceptions about the actual sizes of countries and landmasses. Cartographer Gerardus Mercator created the map in 1569 as a tool for nautical navigation.
7. The Titanic
When the Titanic set sail in 1912, it was the largest luxury ship ever built; actually, it was the largest structure ever built to float on water. The ship was 882 feet (269 meters) long, 92 feet (28 meters) wide, and 175 feet (53 meters) high, and had 10 decks. Before the Titanic was constructed, the shipyard in Belfast had to be modified to accommodate the Titanic and its two sister ships. Also the pier in New York had to be modified to receive them.
Marsupials in general tend to grow much bigger than most people realize, but the actual size of one in particular -- the wombat -- is especially surprising. Wombats may look cute, cuddly, and small, but you may as well cross off that last trait, because they can grow up to 90 pounds (41 kg) -- roughly the size of a 13-year-old human or a medium-sized dog!
5. Great Pyramid Of Giza
The Pyramids of Giza in northern Egypt are the last surviving wonder of the ancient world, and it’s no secret that they’re massive. The biggest among the three iconic structures, known as the Great Pyramid, stands at 456 feet (139 meters) tall, with an original height of 481 feet (146 meters). Each side of its base measures roughly 776 feet (230 meters).
4. Traffic Light
From down below, traffic lights look small enough for one person to carry comfortably. Think again. When these things come down, usually during a storm or a hurricane, people are shocked to see how big they actually are!! Most of them are over 4 feet tall!
3. Doors To The U.S. National Archives
The Constitution Avenue entrance to the National Archives in Washington, D.C. is marked by two bronze doors of monumental proportions. The doors are 37 feet, 7 inches (11.5 meters) tall, 10 feet (3 meters) wide, 11 inches (28 cm) thick, and each weighs six-and-a-half tons (5.9 metric tons).
2. Giant African Land Snail
Anyone who is squeamish about slimy creatures will want to avoid the giant African land snail, which grows nearly eight inches (20 cm) long and weighs about the same as a small puppy. They are basically snails the size of your face. While it may not be as large as it looks in certain photographs, due to something called forced perspective, it’s much bigger than your average snail (hence its name).
1. The General Sherman Tree
The world’s largest living tree, by volume, is a giant sequoia called the General Sherman Tree located in the Giant Forest of Sequoia National Park in Tulare County, California. At 275 feet (83 meters) tall it’s almost the same height as the statue of liberty, and growing.
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